Mass Surveillance Law and Legal Definition

Mass surveillance is the distributive close observation of an entire population, or a substantial fraction of the entire population. Nowadays governments perform mass surveillance of their citizens so as to protect citizens from dangerous groups such as terrorists, criminals, or political subversives and to maintain social control. The disadvantages of mass surveillance are that it often violates right to privacy and political and social freedoms of individuals. It is also argued that mass surveillance will result in the creation of a totalitarian state or Electronic Police State.