Security of Privacy and the Problem of Surveillance on a Liberal Democratic State Cover Image

Sigurnost privatnog i problem nadzora u liberalno demokratskoj državi
Security of Privacy and the Problem of Surveillance on a Liberal Democratic State

Author(s): Ehlimana Spahić, Elma Huruz Memović
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Fakultet političkih nauka - Univerzitet u Sarajevu
Keywords: human rights and freedoms; right to privacy; national security; surveillance; liberal democratic state

Summary/Abstract: Privacy is one of the basic needs of human existence. The development of technology has enabled the state to expand its oversight and control to every area of individual and social action, including our private lives. The usual rationale for this is that it promotes the stability of the state and the security of society. One of the most common justifications is the war against terrorism, particularly since the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Centre. Rapid advances in science and technology leave our private lives increasingly exposed to public scrutiny. Awareness of this makes people fearful, and as a result, they seek to defend themselves, psychologically at least, from this invasion of their privacy by masking their individuality. The individual thus loses authenticity in seeking to fit in with the masses as a means of physical protection against the state. But what of our right to freedom, whether from the state or from any other subject that deprives us of our room for autonomous action? The paper that follows focuses on the sources and threats to our right to privacy, freedom and individual security within a liberal democratic state.

  • Issue Year: I/2013
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 167-176
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: Bosnian