Book on GPD International Survey Results Published!

Surveillance, Privacy, and the Globalization of Personal Information: International Comparisons now available from McGill-Queen’s University Press.

The world has become familiar with the unprecedented growth of surveillance after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, but a com­prehensive analysis of the public’s opinion of how their privacy is being protected or invaded has been unavailable – until now. Surveillance, Privacy, and the Globalization of Personal Information reports the findings of an international survey of citizens’ experiences with newly implemented security measures and their perceptions about privacy issues.


Covering a range of countries from China, Japan, Brazil, and Mexico to the United States, Canada, Spain, France, and Hun­gary, this volume reveals the similarities and differences among populations in their reactions to the surveillance era and in the amount each knows about government monitoring. Topics deal with pertinent issues such as global, national, and local transfer of personal information about citizens’ financial transactions, work, and travel. The authors also analyse the collaboration of government and the private sector in the collection and transfer of private information. A remarkable resource in understand­ing attitudes towards surveillance, security, and privacy, Surveillance, Privacy, and the Globalization of Personal Information is indispensable for anyone curious about what governments, the private sector, and citizens know about each other.


The research on which these articles are based is a magisterial undertaking with its 9000 interviews in nine countries, its relevance to current social issues and its sensitivity to national differences even as universal information technologies sweep across – and often sweep away – traditional borders.


Gary T. Marx, Professor Emeritus, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and co-author of Undercover: Police Surveillance in Comparative Perspective.

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