function creep


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function creep

n
(Sociology) the gradual widening of the use of a technology or system beyond the purpose for which it was originally intended, esp when this leads to potential invasion of privacy
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93) This may occur due to function creep, (94) or due to the use of DNA against relatives through familial searching.
I also want to argue that like the problematic public-private partnerships identified by Corbett (2008), there is another mode of function creep at work.
Sir Joseph Pilling, the first "identity commissioner", dismissed warnings of function creep - which would see the ID register expand to include more and more personal information - because the scheme was now voluntary.
Encryption, Function Creep, and Tracking Individuals