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|The citizens’ perspective : awareness, feelings and acceptance of surveillance and surveillance systems for fighting crime in the Czech Republic. A quantitative study
|Crime prevention -- Europe
Privacy -- Czech Republic -- Case studies
Privacy -- Law and legislation
|Brockdorff, N., Appleby-Arnold, S., & Fialova, E. (2015). The citizens’ perspective : awareness, feelings and acceptance of surveillance and surveillance systems for fighting crime in the Czech Republic. A quantitative study. RESPECT, Rules, Expectations & Security through privacy-enhanced convenient technologies (G.A. 285582). European Union.
|This document presents the results for the Czech Republic within the framework of a larger study undertaken as part of the RESPECT project – “Rules, Expectations and Security through Privacy-enhanced Convenient Technologies” (RESPECT; G.A. 285582) – which was co-financed by the European Commission within the Seventh Framework Programme (2007-2013). Analyses are based on a survey regarding the perceptions, feelings, attitudes and behaviours of citizens towards surveillance for the purpose of fighting crime, carried out amongst a quota sample that is representative of the population in the Czech Republic for age and gender (based on Eurostat data of 12/2012). Responses were gathered, predominantly, through an online survey supplemented by a number of questionnaires administered in face to face interviews, in order to fulfil the quota and also reach those citizens who do not use the internet. The questionnaire consisted of 50 questions and was available online in all languages of the European Union between November 2013 and March 2014. The face to face interviews were carried out between January and March 2014. The Czech sample is based on the responses from 200 individuals who indicated the Czech Republic as their country of residence in the online survey or were administered the questionnaire face to face. As a result, the Czech respondents indicated a strongly felt lack of trust in the protection of, and control over, personal information gathered via surveillance. At the same time, it depends on the specific type of surveillance measure whether respondents feel more unhappy or happy with it. But despite the respondents’ general perception of surveillance measures being useful, surveillance measures currently reduce feelings of insecurity in less than 1 in 5 people, whereas in 1 out of 3 respondents the presence of surveillance produces feelings of insecurity. Analyses also indicate that the Czech respondents’ feeling happy or unhappy with surveillance is only weakly to moderately related to feeling more secure or insecure in the presence of surveillance, and that neither an increased belief in the general effectiveness of surveillance nor in the effectiveness of laws regarding the protection of personal data gathered via surveillance may make citizens feel more secure. More research is needed to disentangle the relationships and effects between surveillance measures, feelings of security or insecurity, and citizens’ general quality of life feelings.
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