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Supporting fundamentAl rights, PrIvacy and Ethics in surveillaNce Technologies

Objective

The SAPIENT project will specify for policy makers, technology developers and other stakeholders how and when smart surveillance should be used and the criteria to verify that surveillance systems respect the privacy of citizens.
SAPIENT will provide strategic knowledge on the state of the art of surveillance studies, emerging smart surveillance technologies and the adequacy of the existing legal framework. It will consider the discourse, ethics and politics of security and surveillance today and the extent to which the public has accepted the surveillance society.
The consortium will develop scenarios around future smart surveillance systems for discussion with focus groups of stakeholders aimed at providing a consolidated analysis of stakeholder views on the use of surveillance, its characteristics to be effective and scalable to rapidly adapt to changing situations and the aforementioned criteria.
The consortium is of the view that a privacy impact assessment framework should be developed to address the particularities of smart surveillance systems, technologies, projects and policies. To that end and taking into account the results of its first two work packages, it will extract the best elements of existing PIA methodologies in order to construct a surveillance-suitable PIA framework, which it will field test on three different surveillance projects, the first time this will happen at European level.
It will derive lessons learned to refine its proposed methodology to be spelled out in a practical handbook. It will present its results at a final conference and in a final report together with its recommendations.
During the project, the consortium will conduct four major policy briefings for policy-makers and other stakeholders. It will also dialogue with representatives from the Art 29 WP and data protection authorities from the Member States as well as academia, law enforcement authorities, civil society organisations and other stakeholders.

Field of science

  • /humanities/philosophy, ethics and religion/ethics
  • /social sciences/political science/government systems/civil society
  • /social sciences/law
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/computer security/data protection

Call for proposal

FP7-SEC-2010-1
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 340 123,65
Administrative Contact
Maximilian Steiert (Mr.)

Participants (6)

TRILATERAL RESEARCH & CONSULTING LLP
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 232 828,80
Address
Hammersmith Road 72 Crown House
W14 8TH London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
David Wright (Mr.)
CENTRE FOR SCIENCE, SOCIETY AND CITIZENSHIP

Participation ended

Italy
EU contribution
€ 80 244,55
Address
Via Paolucci De Calboli 5
00195 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Emilio Mordini (Dr.)
VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT BRUSSEL
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 209 540
Address
Pleinlaan 2
1050 Brussel
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Maria Vereeken (Ms.)
UNIVERSITA DELLA SVIZZERA ITALIANA
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 127 404
Address
Via Lambertenghi 10 A
6904 Lugano
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Marc Langheinrich (Prof.)
KING'S COLLEGE LONDON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 94 270
Address
Strand
WC2R 2LS London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Labbett Paul (Mr.)
CENTRE FOR EUROPEAN POLICY STUDIES
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 164 166
Address
Place Du Congres 1
1000 Bruxelles
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Sally Scott (Ms.)