EU Green paper on surveillance technology

By EDRi · September 13, 2006

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The European Commission (EC) has adopted a green paper on surveillance
technology used by the civil society in the fight against terrorism, that
will be open for public consultation until the end of this year.

The green paper, resulted from a public conference (Public-Private
Security Dialogue: Detection Technologies and Associated Technologies in the
Fight against Terrorism) that took place in November 2005, is meant to find
the best technologies to be used “in the service of the security of its
citizens” as was stated by European Commission Directorate-General for
Justice, Freedom and Security.

Some of the issues on which the green paper is focused are: standardisation,
certification of tools, integration of detecting systems for various
substances into a sole system, the improvement of the protection of mass

The EC aims to enhance the collaboration between the
private and public sector in finding the best present practices and systems
and helping in spreading them within the EU as well as to support the
creation of new more efficient surveillance technologies, more available and
at lower costs.

The green paper admits detections technologies are intrusive into private
life and states limitations must be established to this intrusion when
developing and using such technologies. It also stipulates that any
legislation resulting from the consultation should “fully comply” with EU
Charter of Fundamental Rights and the European Convention on Human Rights
and that “Particular attention must be paid to compliance with the
protection of personal data and the right to private life.”

However, concerns have been expressed by the defendants of civil liberties
who believe the industry already has too much control over surveillance
policies in Europe, as previously reported by EDRI-Gram.

The Statewatch report issued in April this year – Arming Big Brother –
showed private security companies were given the power to decide on the way
the EU money was to be spent for the implementation of security systems and
that in the public-private dialogue, the private party was less represented.

Green Paper on detection and associated technologies in the work of law
enforcement, customs and other security authorities – Press Release

Green Paper on detection technologies in the work of law enforcement,
customs and other security authorities (1.09.2006)

Tell the EC about surveillance (6.09.2006)

EDRI-gram : EU pays for surveillance and control technologies (26.04.2006)

Arming Big Brother The EU’s Security Research Programme (04.2006)