The meeting of the SURVEILLE Project End User Panel took place on Thursday, 24 October 2013 at Police Headquarters – Mannheim, Germany.The following issues were discussed:
- The End User Panel Group welcomed guests from the Fraunhofer Institute in Karlruhe, Germany and TU Delft in the Netherlands
- Update on SURVEILLE Project
- Previous EUP submissions on surveillance technology / equipment and draft papers on deliverables.
- AFUS – Application for Finding Usability Standards – presentation and demonstration on software prototype (paper on deliverable 3.3)
- AFUS – Trial use by members of EUP with support from Fraunhofer and completion of questionnaire.
- Discussion on deliverable focussing on suggested scoring of technology equipment by SURVEILLE Consortium.
- Discussion on deliverables assessing cost effectiveness of surveillance technology.
- SURVEILLE Ethics Advisory Service.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, comments on alleged mass surveillance programmes
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, said on Friday that the situation of Edward Snowden and alleged large-scale violations of the right of privacy by surveillance programmes raise a number of important international human rights issues which need to be addressed, noting: “While concerns about national security and criminal activity may justify the exceptional and narrowly-tailored use of surveillance programmes, surveillance without adequate safeguards to protect the right to privacy actually risk impacting negatively on the enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms.”
Pillay further noted: “Both Article 12 of the Universal Declaration of Human rights and Article 17 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political rights state that no one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with one’s privacy, family, home or correspondence, and that everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.”
For more information please see the full press release at the OHCHR: