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.
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SURVEILLE and EFUS Feature in Colombia's El Tiempo

During the visit of SURVEILLE’s Sebastian Sperber (EFUS) and Jonathan Andrew (EUI) to Bogotá the two were interviewed by the Colombian daily paper ‘El Tiempo’. Sebastian and Jonathan discussed their experience of the use of surveillance technologies by law enforcement and public authorities in Europe, and spoke of their experiences in Bogotá visiting the presidential administration and the city’s chamber of commerce. For the article please visit El Tiempo’s website: http://www.eltiempo.com/colombia/bogota/consejos-para-combatir-la-delincuencia-en-bogota-_13143769-4

Presentation by Céline Cocq @ NJLP

Céline Cocq will be representing the SURVEILLE project at the NJLP conference in Amsterdam 28-29 November 2013 where she will present on the topic of ‘The impact of the surveillance technologies on the rights of defence, including the presumption of innocence’. For more information regarding the event, please visit the link bellow. http://www.verenigingrechtsfilosofie.nl/njlp-congress/?lang=en

Professor Martin Scheinin testifies today before European Parliament’s LIBE Committee inquiry on surveillance

Professor Martin Scheinin, the Coordinator of the FP7-Research Project SURVEILLE, testifies before the European Parliament’s LIBE Committee inquiry on mass surveillance Today SURVEILLE’s Coordinator, Professor Martin Scheinin of the EUI, provided testimony to the LIBE Committee with regard to mass surveillance and addressed the issues that concern such practices with respect to European citizens’ fundamental rights. Live video feed: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/ep-live/en/committees/video?event=20131014-1500-COMMITTEE-LIBE The PDF documents below contain: 1. Professor Martin Scheinin’s main statement for the inquiry ~CLICK HERE~ 2. Supporting documents relating to the statement ~CLICK HERE~        

BRIEFING NOTE ON MASS SURVEILLANCE AHEAD OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT NSA/PRISM INQUIRY: Professor Martin Scheinin, the Coordinator of the FP7-Research Project SURVEILLE, to testify before the inquiry

Caspar Bowden, a former Microsoft privacy official, has written a briefing note for the European Parliament’s LIBE Committee (Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs) on the US National Security Agency’s surveillance activities through PRISM and FISA. The report provides “important background and contextual information on PRISM/FISA/NSA activities and US surveillance programmes, and their specific impact on EU citizens’ fundamental rights, including privacy and data protection.”  Bowden notes: “Snowden’s revelations highlight numerous breaches of fundamental rights…
It is clear that if EU citizens do not have the same level of protections as the US citizens, because of the practices of the
 US intelligence services and the lack of effective protections, they will become the first victims of these systems.  Bowden further notes: “Freedom of thought, opinion, expression and of the press are cardinal values that have to be preserved. Any citizen of the EU has the right to have a private life, i.e. a life which is not fully under the surveillance of any state apparatus. The investigative eyes of any government have to be strongly reminded of distinctions between private and public activities, between what is a crime and what is simply a different life.”  This report also provides a set of recommendations in order to improve future EU regulation and to provide effective safeguards for protection for EU citizens’ rights. Professor Martin Scheinin, the coordinator of the FP7-research project SURVEILLE, will testify before the inquiry on 14 October. To download the full document: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/meetdocs/2009_2014/documents/libe/dv/briefingnote_/briefingnote_en.pdf