Understanding private surveillance providers and technologies
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This policy paper analyzes the existing regulatory framework for private military and security companies (PMSCs) and explores its potential to regulate private surveillance services. The paper aims to establish a common language and terminology between security sector governance and surveillance practitioners. It evaluates the scope of surveillance capabilities and considers whether they can be classified as private security services. It also examines the companies providing these services to determine if they can be considered as private security providers.
In order to achieve this, and given that this paper addresses an issue that is at the intersection of two domains, it seeks to establish a common language and terminology between security sector governance and surveillance practitioners.
Section I of the paper provides an introduction to the various private surveillance technologies and services. By understanding the extent of surveillance capabilities, it becomes possible to assess their classification as private security services. This also applies to the companies that offer surveillance services and technologies as private security providers.
The paper offers an introduction to the different private surveillance technologies and services. In understanding the scope of surveillance capabilities, it becomes possible to evaluate to what extent they could be considered as private security services. This also becomes true when addressing the companies offering such services and technologies as private security providers.
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