New book: The Private Security State?

Congratulations to Kirstie Ball, Ana Canhoto, Elizabeth Daniel, Sally Dibb, Maureen Meadows and Keith Spiller, on the publication of The Private Security State? Surveillance, Consumer Data and the War on Terror (Copenhagen Business School Press, March 2015). Available here

The Private Security State? Surveillance, Consumer Data and the War on TerrorCopenhagen Business School Press, March 2015

When businesses are required to send customer data to government, their systems and their employees become part of a wider security framework. Their commercial activities become shot through with insecurities and they are placed in a kind of double jeopardy: a failure to address these regulations can result in both national and commercial insecurity.

The Private Security State? is the first full-length academic text to address the enrolment of the private sector in national security surveillance regimes. Through detailed empirical analysis, it questions how private organizations achieve compliance with demands for customer data.

The book revolves around case studies of two public-private surveillance regimes: Anti-Money Laundering/Counter Terror Finance in retail financial services and the EBorders in the retail travel industry.

Who is the main audience for the book?

The Private Security State? is primarily aimed at postgraduates, researchers and academics. However well informed policymakers, activists and trade unionists will also be interested in its content.

The book will provide a source of information for any postgraduate course with a focus on criminology, organisation studies, corporate social responsibility, marketing ethics, surveillance studies, information systems, security studies, international relations and studies of regulation.

About the authors

The authors are an interdisciplinary group of business academics with a shared interest in consumer data use by organizations. The research on which this book is based was funded by The Leverhulme Trust.

To be release on March 25, 2015.

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