While on the one hand the terror attacks are resulting in loss of human lives, the heightened security measures are also causing lot of inconvenience to the people whenever, they have to cross over a boundary, check-in at the airport, attend a ceremony, start a train journey etc. A debate has already started as to what extent the security agencies must be snooping into the lives of people, so that it doesn't amount to loss of privacy. While on the one hand the proponents of strict security measures say that it is all being done for the sake of the security of people, there are a number of others including many human rights activists countering this claim and asking the security agencies to have some restraint in snooping on the private moments of hapless citizens.
The debate is certainly on and promises to continue for many more years or till the world community continues to be divided on religious matters or border area disputes like at West Bank continue to flare up the emotions and people like Osama-Bin-Laden continue to elude the security agencies. While the IT enabled environment has given the security agencies the much needed advanced tools to keep track of anti-social elements, the flip side is such techniques are also being used by the organised crime groups to sustain their campaigns. Such developments point out the need for stricter surveillance. These days surveillance is carried out in different ways depending upon the requirements. While biometric surveillance help in beefing up security measures at airports, railway stations, important offices etc. measures like RF tagging is used to monitor the movement of goods, vehicles and the workforce. In some ways these measures result in loss of privacy for the common people. This study is an attempt to analyse some of the arguments for and against these measures, while taking a look at the prevailing circumstances and the advancements in technology.
Research Questions and Objectives
The study is primarily being undertaken to understand the concept of biometric security in general and the extent to which these measures have helped in strengthening the security around us. If the spate of the transnational crime and acts of terror in recent months is an indication, such security measures do not seem to have put a stop of such crime, but the routine life-style of common people certainly has come under increasing close observation from many quarters. The study will try to seek answers to the following key objectives.
To analyze the security scenario and how it has undergone changes in the last couple of years.
To find out the types of strategies adopted by the governments and security agencies to make the life of its citizens safe and secure.
How the security agencies are making use of Biometric methods to figure out the security threats at different places.
What types of problems common people feel as a result of heightened security measures and how the security agencies have started snooping on to the privacy of people
What impact does such measures have on the common people, workforce and diplomatic relations in general
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