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Sorting out smart surveillance
Computer Law and Security Review (2010)
  • David Wright
  • Michael Friedewald, Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research
  • Serge Gutwirth
  • Marc Langheinrich
  • Emilio Mordini
  • Rocco Bellanova
  • Paul de Hert
  • Kush Wadhwa
  • Didier Bigo

Surveillance is becoming ubiquitous in our society. We can also see the emergence of “smart” surveillance technologies and the assemblages (or combinations) of such tech- nologies, supposedly to combat crime and terrorism, but in fact used for a variety of purposes, many of which are intrusive upon the privacy of law-abiding citizens. Following the dark days of 9/11, security and surveillance became paramount. More recently, in Europe, there has been a policy commitment to restore privacy to centre stage. This paper examines the legal tools available to ensure that privacy and personal data protection are respected in attempts to ensure the security of our society, and finds that improvements are needed in our legal and regulatory framework if privacy is indeed to be respected by law enforcement authorities and intelligence agencies. It then goes on to argue that privacy impact assessments should be used to sort out the necessity and proportionality of security and surveillance programmes and policies vis-a`-vis privacy.

  • Smart surveillance,
  • Security,
  • Privacy,
  • Transborder data flows,
  • Privacy impact assessments
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David Wright, Michael Friedewald, Serge Gutwirth, Marc Langheinrich, et al.. "Sorting out smart surveillance" Computer Law and Security Review Vol. 26 (2010)
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