Rules, Expectations & Security through Privacy-Enhanced Convenient Technologies

Financed by European Comission and Cofinanced by the National Authority for Research trough UEFISCDI - Capacitati project 185EU

                              

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News

  • Participation in the DEMOSEC Event: IRISS, RESPECT, SURVEILLE Joint Final Event, Brussels, 29-30 October 2014
  • Gheorghe Cosmin Silaghi delivered the talk "(Un)lawful communication interception and open source intelligence: characteristics and vulnerabilities", in the EU Twinning project "Strengthening capacity against cybercrime" international conference, Antalya, Turkey, 29 September - 1 October 2014
  • Participation in the RESPECT 2nd policy workshop, Barcelona, 17-18 September 2014 with the following presentations:
    • Monica Ciaca: "Artificial Intelligence Revolution: A Threat to Security, Ethics and Law"  
    • Monica Merutiu: "EU Cloud: A Genuine Answer to Clashes Between Security and Privacy"

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Project description

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RESPECT project addresses and seeks to answer following issues:

  • Role of surveillance systems and procedures in: preventing and reducing crime, tracking evidence, improvement of crime and acts of terrorism prosecution
  • Are the surveillance systems and procedures used in Europe in preventing crime effective?
  • What are the social and economic costs involved?
  • What is the legal basis for these systems and what procedures are in place? What best practices are available?
  • What attitude do European citizens have toward surveillance systems?
  • RESPECT will establish best-practice criteria developed on the basis of operational, economic, social and legal efficiency as well as citizen perceptions.
  • RESPECT will develop a toolkit of pan-European application (and beyond) that will balance citizens’ privacy and security concerns. This toolkit will consist of: a matrix-style checklist incorporating operational/technical-economics-social factors – legal aspects which could be utilised as a decision-support tool for policy-makers assessing systems specifically designed for surveillance; a system design guidelines; a model force-level regulations which can be adopted by a police force for the deployment of Surveillance systems including large-scale integrated systems.




Objective and mission 

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RESPECT Objectives

  1. Review the actual effectiveness of surveillance systems and procedures used in Europe in preventing / reducing crime; and in tracking evidence for improved prosecutions of crimes and acts of terrorism.
  2. Identify and examine the social and economic costs involved in the adoption and implementation of identified surveillance systems and procedures.
  3. Determine the legal basis adopted for these systems and procedures, identifying any best practices that may have evolved as well as those areas where there is a need for improvement.
  4. Explore European citizen’s awareness/acceptance of surveillance systems and procedures based on attitudes to efficiency, economic and social costs.
  5. Identify the possible effect of cultural influences on citizens’ acceptance of surveillance systems and procedures.
  6. Compare and further develop findings on these systems, procedures and attitudes with findings found in the FP7 CONSENT and SMART projects.
  7. Establish best-practice criteria developed on the basis of operational, economic, social and legal efficiency and citizen perceptions
  8. Develop a tool-kit capable of pan-European application (and beyond). This would be composed of three main items:a matrix-style checklist incorporating operational/technical-economics-social factors – legal aspects which could be utilised as a decision-support tool for policy-makers assessing systems specifically designed for surveillance;
    • system design guidelines and;
    • model force-level regulations which can be adopted by a police force for the deployment of surveillance systems including large-scale integrated systems. The matrix, design guidelines and regulations balance citizens’ privacy and security concerns.

Impact

A solutions-oriented approach → Toolkit producing Policy Matrix Checklist/Operating guidelines:  The RESPECT project will bring all its outcomes together in the form of a toolkit that will be useful to policy makers, system designers and police/security forces. The project intends to limit the collection and storage of unnecessary data and to find a balance between data protection needs and data protection and privacy. Thus, the toolkit is expected to contain two important contributions to further the state of the art: (1) a matrix-style checklist based on operational/technical-economics-legal based criteria and designed to help policy makers in future decision-making about the investment in and deployment of surveillance systems and (2) System Design and Operating Guidelines which can be followed and implemented by the designers and deployers of surveillance systems.


Motivation

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RESPECT project deliberately sets out to differentiate itself with an approach that complements and builds upon previous studies without duplicating them.The foolowing aspects are taken into consideration:

  1. Focusing on application areas which for some reason have not been adequately studied to date;
  2. Adopting a comparative analysis methodology that is much wider than that taken in previous studies and in this case with a particularly pan-European and international approach;
  3. Consciously adopting an inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary approach which is both more diverse and more comprehensive than that taken in previous studies;
  4. Carefully examining the thrust and coverage of other major privacy/surveillance-related studies and EU FP7 projects (e.g. SMART and CONSENT) in an effort to feed directly from the results of other projects, build upon them and develop them further;
  5. Aiming at achieving practical results for key stakeholders capable of being deployed across and outside Europe


Target group 

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  • Policy makers
  • Police and security services
  • Technology providers
  • Data protection authorities
  • Citizens
  • Media
  • Research and Academia

Consortium

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Project co-ordinator: University of Groningen - Netherlands

Partners:

  1. University of Groningen - Netherlands
  2. University of Central Lancashire - UK
  3. University of Ljubljana - Slovenia
  4. Laboratorio di Scienze della Cittadinanza - Italy
  5. Babeş-Bolyai University of Cluj Napoca - Romania
  6. Universitetet i Oslo - Norway
  7. Universidad de Leon - Spain
  8. Law and Internet Foundation - Bulgaria
  9. University of Westminster - UK
  10. Georg-August-Universität Göttingen Stiftung Öffentlichen Rechts - Germany
  11. Sheffield University - UK
  12. Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover - Germany
  13. CNR National Research Council - Italy
  14. Univerzita Komenskeho v Bratislave - Slovakia
  15. Universita ta Malta - Malta
  16. University of Vienna - Austria
  17. Masaryk University - Czech Republic
  18. Edith Cowan University - Australia
  19. INTERPOL - France
  20. Universitat de Barcelona - Spain
  21. Uppsala University - Sweden