Me, my metadata, and the NSA: Privacy and government metadata surveillance programs

Bryce Newell, Joseph T. Tennis

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Abstract

In this paper, we approach questions raised by revelations of government metadata surveillance programs by drawing upon theory and literature in both law and archival studies. We conclude that, because metadata surveillance can be highly intrusive to personal privacy and that certain types of metadata are inextricably linked with the records of our digitally mediated lives, legal distinctions that draw a line between communications “content” and metadata are inappropriate and insufficient to adequately protect personal privacy.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationiConference 2014 Proceedings
Pages345-355
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • metadata
  • surveillance
  • archival studies
  • information science
  • law
  • snowden
  • privacy

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