The Surveillance State: Surveillance and Oversight in the UK

Room: 
Room 0.26, Law & Politics Building
Time Slot: 
Monday 26th March 09:30 - 11:00
Panel Chair: 
  • Dr Robert Dover (University of Leicester)
Panel Members: 
  • Dr Robert Dover (University of Leicester)
  • Dr Andrew Defty (University of Lincoln)
  • Dr Julian Richards (University of Buckingham)

The challenge presented by 'new' forms of terrorism, combined with increased levels of electronic interconnectedness, new data-analytical techniques, processing power and storage have created a common perception that the modern security state (in this case the UK) has unparalleled access to the internal and external lives of its citizenry via sweeping surveillance capabilties. This panel examines three disinctive aspects of this phenomena and debate: 1) it examines the scope and powers the state has to conduct wide-ranging surveillance over the citzenry, and the recent development of regulations to control (or some believe permit) this further surveillance; 2) it examines the utility of surveillance via social media, and the very real limitations there are on the value of the information gleaned from it, and 3) the panel examines developments in the formal, Parliamentary oversight of intelligence activities. In doing so it examines the scope Parliament has to check the activities of the secret state, as part of the process of reassurance it plays for the public.