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Nanosurveillance: Issues meriting exploration

by Christine Peterson, Foresight Nanotech Institute

Types of information that could be collected

chemical including metabolites, DNA sequences, on physical objects, in liquids and air; in addition to video, audio, IR, vibration, etc.

Entities who could collect data

individuals, organizations, corporations, police, local/state/federal gov'ts, arms control entities

Locations where data could be collected

on and about public property, on and about private property (commercial vs. home), on public property but about private property, directly from person, inside vs. outside U.S.

Conditions under which data could be collected

openly, surreptitiously, with permission, without permission

Potential owners of data

public domain, open source, individuals, organizations, corporations, police, local/state/federal gov'ts, arms control entities

How data could be used, legally or illegally

by police, by military, in court, by employers, by insurance companies, for blackmail, monitor pollution, etc.

With whom must data be shared (if anyone)

individuals, organizations, corporations, police, local/state/federal gov'ts, arms control entities

Options for who will be allowed to access to data collected by public entities

No one unless a crime is being investigated, everyone, police only, federal gov't agencies (IRS, ATF, FDA, EPA), etc., arms control entities

What rights are appropriate in this area

Individual rights to collect data, store data, individual rights to have their data not collected or not shared, in what circumstances

Same for organizations, corporations, police, local/state/federal gov'ts, arms control entities

What obligations are appropriate in this area

Individual obligations to collect or not collect data, store or not store data, protect/encrypt data, discard data after time limit, publish data after time limit

Same for organizations, corporations, police, local/state/federal gov'ts, arms control entities

Potential Foresight projects to explore the above issues

Summit, conference, workshop, white paper, etc.

Examining preferred outcomes, existing practices and laws, changes needed, timing


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