More facial recognition tech for social networking

Social media network Facebook holds an immense collection of people’s personal photos, and has just acquired the Israeli tech company (which has been developing facial recognition plugins and apps for online services).’s algorithms are being developed not just to identify individuals but their age and gender too; a recent blog notes: “The uses […]

EU Counter-Terrorism Strategy Discussion Paper highlights SURVEILLE Advisory Service

In his latest discussion paper presented to the Council of the European Union Gilles de Kerchove, the EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator, has highlighted the advisory service of the SURVEILLE project and encouraged its use. In addressing the nexus of counter-terrorism with human rights, Mr. De Kerchove stated: “On a practical level, I would encourage making use […]

Special Eurobarometer on the EU's home affairs

Special Eurobarometer on the EU’s home affairs A special Eurobarometer survey was conducted in December 2011 at the request of the Directorate-General Home Affairs.  In total 26,693 European citizens were interviewed for the survey. The final chapter of the study examines Europeans’ perceptions of public security. Three particularly relevant findings of this chapter are: Europeans are […]

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 […]

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 […]