Macroeconomics of privacy and security for identity management and surveillance

Vasilios Katos (Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Democritus University of Thrace, Xanthi, Greece)
Frank Stowell (Department of Computing, University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, UK)
Peter Bednar (Department of Informatics, University of Lund, Lund, Sweden)

Kybernetes

ISSN: 0368-492X

Publication date: 4 January 2013

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to develop an approach for investigating the impact of surveillance technologies used to facilitate security and its effect upon privacy.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors develop a methodology by drawing on an isomorphy of concepts from the discipline of Macroeconomics. This proposal is achieved by considering security and privacy as economic goods, where surveillance is seen as security technologies serving identity (ID) management and privacy is considered as being supported by ID assurance solutions.

Findings

Reflecting upon Ashby's Law of Requisite Variety, the authors conclude that surveillance policies will not meet espoused ends and investigate an alternative strategy for policy making.

Practical implications

The result of this exercise suggests that the proposed methodology could be a valuable tool for decision making at a strategic and aggregate level.

Originality/value

The paper extends the current literature on economics of privacy by incorporating methods from macroeconomics.

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Citation

Katos, V., Stowell, F. and Bednar, P. (2013), "Macroeconomics of privacy and security for identity management and surveillance", Kybernetes, Vol. 42 No. 1, pp. 140-163. https://doi.org/10.1108/03684921311295538

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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