n South African Journal on Human Rights - Stopping the spies : constructing and resisting the surveillance state in South Africa, by Jane Duncan - book review

Volume 35 Number 4
  • ISSN : 0258-7203
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2126
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In 2013, the world shuddered as the revelations of Edward Snowden about the mass surveillance practices of the US National Security Agency (NSA) and Five Eyes were revealed through the journalism of Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Ewen MacAskill. In the aftermath of these events, nation states around the world reacted through law- and policymaking in two ways. First, by strengthening laws to protect national security and state sovereignty over concerns that further leaks could take place and around the terrorism threat that the activities of NSA were ostensibly targeted at. And second, by developing oversight regimes for state surveillance functions, including privacy and data protection laws, in response to citizen concerns over mass and arbitrary citizen surveillance.

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