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Book Review: Habeas Data: Privacy vs. the Rise of Surveillance Tech

By Ian Nawalinski

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Habeas Data: Privacy vs. the Rise of Surveillance Tech

By Cyrus Farivar
Melville House (2018) 


Cyrus Farivar’s Habeas Data: Privacy vs. The Rise of Surveillance Tech opens with a poignant quote from former Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Earl Warren: “The fantastic advances in the field of electronic communication constitute a great danger to the privacy of the individual.” Through in-depth analysis, Farivar offers a juxtaposition of 10 historic privacy cases against the corresponding advancements in modern technology. Habeas Data is an expansive look at the ongoing conflict between our constitutional rights and the rise of the surveillance state.

The author explains how, in 2005, he began his career writing for Wired about automated license plate readers (LPRs). A decade later, as he continued to report on this technology, he realized the inherent invasion of privacy applied to so much more: metadata, stingrays, body cams, drones, facial recognition, and other advancements. Fariv

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