function creep


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function creep

A popular term for the gradual broadening of the scope or function of a technology or system beyond its original purpose. Function creep is a concern for NHS IT systems as it risks compromising patient confidentiality by increasing the number of users in the UK with access to data which patients should reasonably expect to remain private.
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This is consistent with Monahan's (2007) findings that traffic engineers who monitor traffic cameras work to represent their work as rational, purely technical, and abstracted from social contexts in order to obscure the function creep of transportation engineering into policing.
Encryption would limit who could read the identifier, thus limiting the risks of function creep.
Mr Blunkett guaranteed there would be proper safeguards against function creep.
The privacy advocacy group has a term for this: "It's what we call function creep.