SURVEILLE Work Packages (WP)

WP1 – Management of the consortium

Work Package 1 is responsible for delivery of the project on time and to budget. It establishes a quality control mechanism, assessing the progress and the results of the project. Liaison with FP7 projects RESPECT and IRISS to secure the exchange of information and results, and to work towards optimal coordination between the three projects, is an additional part of this work package.

WP2 – Survey of surveillance technologies

This work package will produce a survey of surveillance technologies that are being used or developed within European jurisdictions. It will provide a framework and information for the assessment of surveillance technologies, which takes place in the other work packages. Utilizing the multidisciplinary expertise and wide range of earlier research and end-user experience of consortium partners, this work package will finally produce a matrix of surveillance technologies, combining several criteria for classification including (a) development cost and cost to built in ‘privacy by design’ features (b) usability – taking into account budgetary restraints of end-users and (c) intrusiveness into fundamental rights. Both the survey and the matrix will be updated throughout the project.

WP3 – Perceptions and effectiveness of surveillance

WP3 will assess the delivery of improved security vis-à-vis the economic costs, negative public perceptions, negative effects on behaviour and infringements on fundamental rights. It will design the research apparatus for a European-level study on perceptions of selected surveillance systems, carry out such a study and design a cost model for surveillance techniques. Finally, it will develop a research methodology for assessing the effectiveness of selected representative surveillance systems.

WP4 – Law and ethics of surveillance technologies

This work package will identify, elaborate and assess the whole range of legal and ethical issues raised by the use of surveillance technology in the context of countering terrorism and other crime in three different stages (prevention, investigation and prosecution). It will produce – for interactions with surveillance technology developers, manufacturers, and end-users, and for dissemination purposes – assessments of the legal limitations and ethical issues related to the use and location of specific surveillance technologies (including those related to fundamental rights).

WP5 – Stakeholder interaction

This WP will establish a panel of experts to act as an Advisory Service to surveillance technology developers in the FP7 Security programme, as well as to manufacturers, exporters and end-users. Advisory service will address issues such as the efficiency, and ethical and legal implications of the design, use or export of particular technology, and the identification of best practice. Separate end-user panels of European police officers and local authorities will address the usability of specific surveillance technologies.

This work package will further organize three annual forums for decision makers in Brussels, and will further organize training courses for law enforcement professionals, including judges, prosecutors and police officers.

WP6 – Dissemination

The objective of this work package is to communicate continuously the results of the research to the general public and other relevant stakeholders, including European decision makers, law enforcement professionals, local authorities, and technology developers.