Sigma: Journal of Political and International Studies


Jody Messick


gender, surveillance technology, privacy, security


A classic dilemma facing governments and citizens alike is the trade-off between privacy and security. This concept is found in the Constitution’s Fourth Amendment, which implies that citizens have a right to be protected against “unreasonable searches and seizures by the government” (FindLaw 2019). The technological revolution, and its implications for privacy, has complicated the nature of this right. Different types of data require different approaches to the privacy versus security tradeoff. A 2003 panel by Wright et. al asks how “sensor data,” data that is collected through technology that tracks a user’s online or real-world movements, should be approached, and characterize its existence as a “real and growing privacy threat” (Wright et. al 2003). Surveillance technology falls into this category.