Institutional trustworthiness and national security governance: evidence from six European countries

Kirstie Ball, Sara Degli Esposti, Sally Dibb, Vincenzo Pavone, Elvira Santiago-Gomez

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    This article examines the relationship between the institutional trustworthiness of security agencies in the context of data‐intensive security practices. It focuses on the public's acceptance of the way digital surveillance technologies feed into large‐scale security data analytics. Using the case of deep packet inspection (DPI), survey data gathered in six European countries (n = 1,202) demonstrates that security agencies' institutional trustworthiness directly and indirectly influences public acceptance of DPI. Against a backdrop of declining public trust in government and a climate of intense international terrorist threat, governments around the world are appealing to citizens to trade privacy for enhanced security. This article supports calls for security agencies and their respective governments to engage with the democratic process to enrich security and privacy at all levels of public security governance and for the common good.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)103-121
    Number of pages19
    Issue number1
    Early online date27 Aug 2018
    Publication statusPublished - 21 Dec 2018


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