Objective and mission
SMART project addresses the questions of automated decision taking with respect to the “smart surveillance” technologies in a society where privacy and data protection are fundamental rights. The risks and opportunities inherent to the use of smart surveillance will be evaluated and a number of technical, procedural and legal options for safeguards will be developed. SMART aims to create a toolkit which would inform system designers, policy makers and legislative bodies across Europe and beyond.
- Determine the state of the art and likely future trends of smart surveillance, its proportionality and impact on privacy in four key application area.
- Identify dependency and vulnerability of smart surveillance on underlying technology infrastructures (especially telecommunications networks) and explore system integrity and privacy issues therein.
- Identify and explore smart surveillance and privacy issues in cyberspace.
- Map out characteristics of laws governing surveillance and identify lacunae/new safeguards as well as best practices.
- Map out characteristics of laws governing interoperability and data exchange and identify lacunae/new safeguards as well as best practices.
- Explore the attitudes and beliefs of citizens towards smart surveillance.
- Establish best-practice criteria developed on the basis of operational efficiency, established legal principles and citizen perceptions.
- Develop a toolkit for policy-makers, police and security forces to implement and promote the best practice approach, including the development of system design guidelines and a model law balancing privacy and security concerns which would be capable of pan-European application.