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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One central characteristic of function creep is that it is incremental, which makes it hard to pinpoint a clear tipping point between acceptable and unacceptable uses of people's data.
Rather than a single large-scale data disaster, these risks are taking the form of function creep in the use of observed data from LMICs.
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 Social Security Fraud Standing Committee was told by Labour's Harry Cohen last week about Australian snooping known as "function creep".
It said there needed to be more solid guarantees to prevent 'function creep' i.e.
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).
* The purpose of each biometric application should be clearly defined to avoid 'function creep' and false expectations.