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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Databases in the United States have a history of being subject to function creep.
Function creep has already started to occur with respect to DNA databases.
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.
The history of identification systems throughout the world provides evidence of function creep -- application to additional purposes not announced, or perhaps even intended, at the commencement of the scheme" (Information, Technology, & People, 1994).
Anyone who has noticed how often one's Social Insurance Number is requested will recognize function creep.