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Marie E Graf
Justice Institute of British Columbia, School of Criminal Justice & Security
The aim of this study is to explore the body of available research regarding the topic of cyber surveillance and privacy in Canada. This research will draw particular attention to current legislation and emerging trends for the future. There is a need for a comprehensive examination of the available sources, as the world is becoming increasingly more digitized and legislation will inevitably have to be adjusted to keep up with the changing times. This study will highlight some of the key academic sources on the topic, as well as Canadian public opinion surveys about privacy rights. This study utilized a mixed methods approach and contains both qualitative and quantitative secondary data. Major discussion centers around the parameters of surveillance in Canadian society and what implications that surveillance yields. The results of the research conclude with the finding that there is an apparent disconnect between the knowledge and comprehension that Canadians have about cyber surveillance, in comparison with the apparent concern alluded to by the academic literature.
privacy; cyber surveillance; Canada; policy; public safety
Bachelor of Law Enforcement Studies (BLES)