PRISE Final Conference –
Towards privacy enhancing security technologies – the next steps
Vienna, April 28th and 29th 2008
A main result of the PRISE project are criteria for privacy enhancing security research and technologies for the Security theme within the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). Whereas these criteria can provide important guidance towards security technologies and measures respecting human rights and personal privacy, they are obviously only a first step.
The purpose of the PRISE conference is to discuss in an open and broad forum this first step and the next steps required for a balanced approach on privacy and security. The programme is targeted at a broad range of experts on privacy and security issues, representing security industries, policy-making, research, human rights organisations as well as users of security technologies. The aim is to advance public debate and policy discourse and thus to contribute to security policies in line with human rights and privacy protection.
Over the last years security from crime and terror has become a key issue in public debate and on the political agenda. Many of the proposed measures and technologies meant to increase security are, however, in direct conflict with the human right of privacy. The technical possibilities of surveillance, as well as access to and analysis of personal data are steadily increasing. Thus it becomes ever more important to discuss the relation of privacy and security:
– how much privacy are we willing to give up for a more secure life,
– how can a balance of security and privacy be established without endangering the basis for our democratic societies,
– what ways exist to overcome these conflicts
– and how can good solutions to protect privacy serve the European security industry?
These and many other related questions are going to be debated at the conference.
In the Seventh Framework Programme the European Union has granted considerable funding for research on and development of technologies and applications aiming at supporting inner security. Examples of this form of security systems range from localisation of individuals or vehicles, terahertz-scanning and camera surveillance to refined search and analysis technologies for central or distributed databases. These new technologies should not put civil rights – privacy in particular – in danger, but seek a balance between security and personal freedom which complies with the democratic values and the perception of European citizens.
PRISE has resulted in a set of guidelines for privacy enhancing security research and technologies. They are based on a comprehensive mapping of security technologies and their potential for privacy infringements, discussion of legal issues, workshops with stakeholders and comprehensive citizen participation in six European countries.
At the conference the findings of PRISE will be debated in a broader context of security and privacy. Confirmed keynote speakers include J. Peter Burgess, International Peace Research Institute, Oslo, Simon Davies, London School of Economics and director of Privacy International, Peter Hustinx, European Data Protection Supervisor, and Sachar Paulus, Chief Security Officer of SAP.
The two-day conference will feature one day of presentations, perspectives and discussions focused on PRISE results and one day of workshop presentations devoted to a broad debate on privacy and security issues.
Presentations and Speeches