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A whistle-blower is someone who voluntarily reports information—usually pertaining to wrongdoing, misconduct, fraud, or other problematic behavior—that he or she has observed within places of employment or elsewhere, with the hope of remedying or rectifying the behavior or alerting the general public or authorities to the wrongdoing. What differentiates a whistle-blower from someone in a law enforcement role is that a whistle-blower has no prior duty to come forward with information and usually does so out of a sincere concern about the problem and a desire for it to be addressed. Whistle-blowing is relevant to the topic of surveillance, security, and privacy because of the potential contributions of whistle-blowers in alerting the public to the various concerns associated with this arena. Whistle-blowers have revealed information ...

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