Surveillance, Privacy, and the Globalization of Personal Information: International Comparisons

Surveillance, Privacy, and the Globalization of Personal Information: International Comparisons




Covering a range of countries from China, Japan, Brazil, and Mexico to the United States, Canada, Spain, France, and Hungary, this volume reveals the similarities and differences among populations in their reactions to the surveillance era and in the amount each knows about government monitoring. Topics deal with pertinent issues such as global, national, and local transfer of personal information about citizens' financial transactions, work, and travel. The authors also analyse the collaboration of government and the private sector in the collection and transfer of private information. A remarkable resource in understanding attitudes towards surveillance, security, and privacy, Surveillance, Privacy, and the Globalization of Personal Information is indispensable for anyone curious about what governments, the private sector, and citizens know about each other.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780773537071
Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press
Publication date: 06/01/2010
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Elia Zureik is a professor emeritus of Sociology at Queen's University.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Introduction: Surveillance, Privacy, and Public Opinion David Lyon 1

Part 1 Methodological Considerations

Introduction to Part 1 Elia Zureik 5

1 The Cross-Cultural Study of Privacy: Problems and Prospects Elia Zureik L. Lynda Harling Stalker 8

2 Application of the Vignette Approach to Analyzing Cross-Cultural Incomparabilities in Attitudes to Privacy of Personal Data and Security Checks at Airports Andrey Pavlov 31

Part 2 Privacy Regimes and Resistance to Surveillance

Introduction to Part 2 L. Lynda Harling Stalker 47

3 Legal Constraints on Transferring Personal Information across Borders: A Comparative Analysis of PIPEDA and Foreign Privacy Laws Arthur J. Cockfield 50

4 Shunning Surveillance or Welcoming the Watcher? Exploring How People Traverse the Path of Resistance Andrew Grenville 70

Part 3 North America, Europe, and Developing Countries

Part 3.1 The United States and Canada

Introduction to Part 3.1 Emily Smith 87

5 The Harris-Westin Index of General Concern about Privacy: An Exploratory Conceptual Replication Stephen T. Margulis Jennifer A. Pope Aaron Lowen 91

6 Security vs Privacy: Media Messages, State Policies, and American Public Trust in Government Stephen Marmura 110

7 Quebec, the Rest of Canada, and the International Survey: A Case of Two Solitudes? A Comparative Analysis of Perceptions about Privacy and Personal Information Issues François Fournier 127

Part 3.2 Eastern vs Western Europe

Introduction to Part 3.2 Elia Zureik 147

8 Changing Attitudes in a Changing Society? Information Privacy in Hungary, 1989-2006 Iván Székely 150

9 Privacy in France in the Age of Information and Security Technologies Ayse Ceyhan 171

Part 3.3 Developing Countries

Introduction to Part 3.3 David Lyon 189

10 Dimensions of Internet Inequality and Privacy in China: A Case Study of Seven Cities Elia Zureik 193

11 Privacy and Surveillance in Mexico and Brazil: A Cross-National Analysis Nelson Arteaga Botello 212

Part 4 Actors

Part 4.1 Citizens and Identity

Introduction to Part 4.1 L. Lynda Harling Stalker 233

12 National ID Card Systems and Social Sorting: International Public Opinion David Lyon 236

13 A National ID Card in Canada: Public Perceptions and an Inevitable Future? Emily Smith 257

14 Privacy, Identity, and Digital Policy: A Comparative Assessment of the United States, Spain, and Canada Jeffrey Roy 274

Part 4.2 Consumers and Workers

Introduction to Part 4.2 Yolande E. Chan 291

15 Loyalty Ambivalence in the United States and Canada: The GPD Survey, the Focus Groups, and the Context of Those Wonderfully Intrusive Loyalty Cards Jason Pridmore 295

16 Exploring Consumer Rights Regimes and Internet Consumption in Europe Ola Svenonius 310

17 Is There a Global Approach to Workplace Privacy? Avner Levin 328

Part 5 Conclusions

18 Cross-Cultural Study of Surveillance and Privacy: Theoretical and Empirical Observations Elia Zureik 348

Appendix: International Survey Questionnaire 361

Contributors 383

References 389

Index 425

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