CCTV in Spain: An empirical account of the deployment of video-surveillance in a Southern-European country

Gemma Galdon Clavell, Lohitzune Zuloaga Lojo, Armando Romero

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    Abstract

    Over the last two decades the use of video surveillance has grown in scope and numbers. However, research on the national contexts that have driven such developments tends to concentrate on Northern and Western Europe. This article explores the situation of CCTV in Spain, its legal framework, perceived shortcomings, public perceptions and specificity-such as a pre-9/11 concern for terrorism but its minimal impact on the justification for CCTV, a rights-based and a priori control of video surveillance devices and a deployment pattern that differs from those identified in the literature on CCTV at the European and global level. In providing an account on how Spain has joined the 'surveillance society', it exposes a picture of unevenness, legal loopholes and resistance, and provides a unique overview of CCTV deployment in a Southern-European, post-authoritarian country. © 2012 The authors and IOS Press. All rights reserved.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)133-144
    JournalInformation Polity
    Volume17
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2012

    Keywords

    • CCTV
    • resistance
    • Spain
    • terrorism
    • video surveillance

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