This module is designed to provide you with an overview of the societal, legal, and policy implications of new surveillance capabilities in use by both law enforcement and intelligence agencies and a solid understanding of the relevant legal frameworks. In doing so, we will examine the basic way modern communications technologies operate and the technological architecture they operate within. Throughout the module we will consider the implications of this rapidly developing area of law for the future of modern technologies, and the relationship between the individual and the state. We expect we will all be challenged in trying to reconcile society's need for a functioning and well equipped law enforcement and intelligence apparatus, with the need for protections against unnecessary and disproportionate interferences with privacy and free expression.
3,000-4,000 word essay