Vol. 13 No. 4 October, 2014 Technological Invasion Of Privacy: The Need For Appropriate Respons
04 December, 2014
In this media-saturated postmodern era, the proliferation of portable, affordable digital electronic recording devices has facilitated individual agency, while creating hitherto unimaginable threats to privacy. For example, the average person today, using a smartphone, can record and disseminate evidence of police brutality, or similarly, record and disseminate intimate acts with loved ones without their permission. As an American privacy law expert points out, secret, privacy-invading surveillance has become easy and nearly irresistible due to contemporary technologies of data collection.1 Renowned media ecologist Joshua Meyrowitz similarly observes that contemporary society is characterised by the proliferation of recordable communication technologies that are increasingly becoming smaller and more affordable, user friendly and more adaptable to multiple functions.