Surveillance FAQs:

Q: Is surveillance used by governments for intelligence gathering?

A: Yes, and prevention of crime, the protection of a process, person, group or object, or the investigation of crime.

Q: Is surveillance done also matters a lot?

A: Yes, i.e. indiscriminate telephone taps are supported by much fewer people than say telephone taps only done to people suspected of engaging in illegal activities.

Q: Is surveillance the practice of avoiding surveillance or making surveillance difficult?

A: Yes.

Q: Is surveillance the gathering of surveillance?

A: Yes, and usually visual imagery or video, from an airborne vehicle—such as an unmanned aerial vehicle, helicopter, or spy plane.

Q: Is surveillance often a violation of privacy?

A: Yes, and it is often opposed by various civil liberties groups and activists.

Q: Is surveillance the practice of the reversal of surveillance on other individuals or groups?

A: Yes, Well-known examples are George Holliday's recording of the Rodney King beating and the organization Copwatch, which attempts to monitor police officers to prevent police brutality.

Q: Is surveillance increasingly a topic of academic study?

A: Yes, and including through research centers, books, and peer-reviewed academic journals.

Q: Is surveillance the monitoring of a person or group's behavior by a corporation?

A: Yes.

Q: Is surveillance to create maps of social networks based on data from social networking sites such as Facebook?

A: Yes, and MySpace, Twitter as well as from traffic analysis information from phone call records such as those in the NSA call database, and others.

Q: Is surveillance a technology that measures and analyzes human physical and/or behavioral characteristics for authentication?

A: Yes, and identification, or screening purposes.