Over recent decades, the scale of digital surveillance technology devices that impact on the lives of individuals and social groups has expanded at an incredible rate. The latest of these surveillance devices are able to perform their activities in both an overt and covert manner. It is the conducting of surveillance without the knowledge and/or full understanding of the indivdual that has given rise to ethical and moral concerns regarding their implementation
It has been noted in a recent report that there "is one CCTV
camera for every 14 citizen" in the UK (Bell 2006: 1).
However, in addition to this technology, there a number of
other digital technology systems that are designed to gather
visual and practical data related to the lives of citizens,
which can then be used for both commercial or public service
purposes. The current study reviews the ethical and moral
issues that it has been argued can result for this form of
technology, and considers how these can best be addressed to
protect the rights of the individual.