Lower surveillance costs leave only outdated laws protecting privacy

The Verge has an interesting article titled “Cellphone surveillance costs $5 per hour, according to report” which highlights an understated aspect of data protection: the cost of surveillance as a disincentive to conduct surveillance in the first place.

According to the article (which references a report by security researchers Ashkan Soltani and Kevin Bankston), costs of certain forms of surveillance are dropping to the point where they are far less of a reason not to conduct more indiscriminate surveillance on a larger group of people. What we are then left with is aging legislation which may not be well-equipped to protect privacy as technologies advance.

“Once the cost approaches zero,” Soltani writes, “we will be left with only outdated laws as the limiting function.”

Published by Paul Jacobson

Enthusiast, writer, Happiness Engineer at @automattic. I take photos too. Passionate about my wife, Gina and #proudDad.

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