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Security is a cornerstone of Commission policy. Combating crime and terrorism is a crucial dimension of security policy. The Commission set out its counter-terrorism policy in its "Communication on Prevention, preparedness and response to terrorist attacks" of October 2004. This Communication highlights Public-Private Security Dialogue as a tool for private and public sectors to engage in a meaningful dialogue on Europe's security needs. The Hague Programme: strengthening freedom, security and justice in the European Union adopted by the European Council in November 2004, which constitutes at present the political programme of the Union on Justice and Home Affairs, also highlights the importance of public-private interaction in the fight against organised crime and terrorism. This Green Paper aims to provide the ingredients for initiating such dialogue within the field of detection technologies.
Detection technologies are increasingly used in the daily work of security authorities to fight terrorism and other forms of crime. Detection technologies are widely used to protect passengers when boarding aeroplanes and sports fans when watching their favourite sports events, and to detect dangerous substances in the air, water or food. Security authorities also use these technologies to protect our borders and check goods entering the territory of the European Union. Moreover, detection technologies are essential for guarding private property and critical infrastructure. This Green Paper aims to find out what role the Union could play in order to foster detection technologies in the service of the security of its citizens. On the other hand, detection technologies are inherently intrusive into privacy or can pose a challenge to freedoms and rights. Therefore, each time when considering improvement and use of detection technologies, this aspect and the fundamental question of what the limitations of their intrusiveness should be, will have to be carefully analysed. The

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