European Commission proposes law enforcement access to EURODAC

The European Commission on Wednesday (30 May) proposed to allow law enforcement authorities access to EURODAC, a biometric database of asylum seekers. The proposal will be presented to the Home Affairs Ministers at the next Justice and Home Affairs Council on 7-8 June 2012. The Commission has yet to release the full details of the […]

Data Protection and Privacy

Data Protection and Privacy Data protection and privacy (as far as its overlapping facet is concerned) are concrete fundamental rights, whose enjoyment depends on the active provision of all the necessary conditions by data controllers and processors. The duty to inform data subjects about how their data are used, processed, and stored, is certainly included. […]

SURVEILLE project partner Efus sets up new working group on security technologies. Interested members are invited to participate!

The European Forum for Urban Security (Efus), a project partner of SURVEILLE, has just announced an open invitation to interested members to join its new working group on technologies. The initiative will build on the organization’s ongoing initiative for a responsible and democratic use of video surveillance. Efus notes how technologies are increasingly part of […]

UK's Metropolitan Police to extract suspects' mobile data on a wider basis

Recent news that the Metropolitan Police has put in place a system to extract mobile phone data from suspects held in custody has sent alarm bells ringing in certain quarters. Privacy International expressed concern over the Metropolitan Police’s use of the Radio Tactics ACESO mobile phone data extraction system. “We are looking at a possible […]

Article 29 WP highlights dangers of facial recognition technologies

At the end of last month the Article 29 Working Party (WP) adopted a new opinion (PDF) on developments in biometric technologies. Almost ten years ago the WP wrote its first report on this matter, but since then the availability, cost, effectiveness and use of these technologies has “dramatically changed”, according to the body of […]