The last decade has witnessed the emergence of a surveillance-industrial complex as securitised data about customers begins to flow between the private sector and government.
Governments and their security agencies are mandating businesses to transfer data about their customers in a number of key industrial sectors. Organizations in financial services, travel and latterly, communications, now provide the very data which enable decisions about risk and security deployment to be made.
This book revolves around case studies of two surveillance regimes: The Anti-Money Laundering/Counter Terror Finance regulations in retail financial services; and the EBorders regulations in the retail travel industry.
The Private Security State examines how these new government demands for information intertwine with the activities of private sector organizations, as their systems, processes, customers and employees are integrated into national security frameworks.
Through detailed empirical analysis it questions how private sector organizations achieve compliance with demands for customer data.
Whilst others have argued that diffused security arrangements de-politicises it, The Private Security State shows that national security becomes re-politicised as it re-surfaces in the politics of production within the business enterprise.