The final report of the project PROFILING has been finalized and it is freely available for consultation.
The report includes the comparative report on automated profiling in the 28 EU Member States and Switzerland presenting the results of the survey with the National Data Protection Authorities and the three fieldwork studies carried out in Germany, Italy and Romania related to, respectively, police and political activism, border control and e-commerce.
Download the paper: Profiling_final_report_2014
Presentation of the European Project “Profiling”: challenges for EU institutions in safeguarding fundamental rights
Brussels, 4 November 2014. The United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) and its partners, invite you to attend the final event of the PROFILING project “PROtecting citizens’ rights Fighiting ILlicit profilING” funded by the European Commission, within the framework of the FRaC Programme.
One of the biggest challenges posed by the global technological evolution to the right of data protection is the processing of such data in the context of automated profiling: the automated processing of data to develop predictive knowledge in the form of profiles that can subsequently be applied as a basis for decision-making.
The Profiling Project is focused on identifying and tackling the challenges posed by technology to the fundamental right to data protection. The project’s objectives also included the assessment of the level of awareness and measures in place at European level.
In view of the conclusion of the project UNICRI and its partners are now organizing a final conference with Members of the European Parliament and some of the main European stakeholders involved in this field. It will represent an opportunity to discuss the main results and findings of the project and the role of European institutions in safeguarding fundamental rights in the context of automated profiling.
In order to confirm your attendance, please contact Ms. Elise Vermeersch at firstname.lastname@example.org by 27 October.
Meeting venue: European Parliament, Bât. Altiero Spinelli, Room 5G 305, 60 Rue Wiertz/Wiertzstraat 60 – Brussels (Belgium)
Meeting schedule: h 18.00 – 20.00
During the PROFILING Conference, held in Rome on 26 September, the results of the survey conducted in the 28 European Union Member States and Switzerland as well as the results of the fieldworks conducted in Romania, Germany and Italy were presented.
In this section you can download some of the principal materials presented during the Conference:
FRA and the Council of Europe have launched a new edition of their successful practical guide to European data protection law and made it available in four other languages at the European conference of data protection authorities in Strasbourg on 5 June.
The first edition of the handbook proved so popular it was quickly out of print, while the online version got some 17,500 downloads. FRA and the Council of Europe therefore decided to update the content and make it available in more languages. It is now available in English, French, German, Greek and Italian.
Download the second edition of the handbook here: Handbook on Data Protection
presented at the re:publica in Berlin, Germany
Profiling technologies have impact on societal norms and practices. A research team at Technische Universität Berlin conducted a case study on the role of profiling technologies in the field of law enforcement and monitoring of political activism.
Now online available: http://re-publica.de/session/automated-profiling-law-enforcement-what-can-we-know-about-actual-practice-germany
The profiling project will present a paper on “Profiling: risks, potentials and room for action” at the 6th Biannual Surveillance And Society Conference in Barcelona, taking place from Thursday 24th until Saturday 26th April 2014.
More information will follow.
Francesca Bosco (UNICRI) will present first outcomes of the profiling project’ survey on European national Data Protection Authorities’ experiences with profiling issues and their perspectives on automated profilingat the Computers, Privacy and Data Protection.
Wednesday, January 22 8.45am at Petite Halle:
“Law Enforcement, Profiling and Social Media”.
Moderated by Gary Marx, MIT; Chair: Mathias Vermeulen, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (BE)
Panelists: Alba Bosch, EDPS (EU), Francesca Bosco, United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (INT), Ahmed Ghappour, University of Texas at Austin (US), Sadhbh McCarthy, Centre for Irish and European Security (IE)
The automated collection of large amounts of (personal) data is one of the most important technological challenges to the protection of the right to privacy and the protection of personal data. Law enforcement and intelligence agencies are increasingly mining social networking sites in order to detect unexpected (communication) patterns between users. This panel will address different profiling techniques that are currently being used by these security actors and will examine their impact on the protection of privacy and the protection of personal data.
- How does profiling using social media work?
- How are law enforcement agencies using social media to profile people?
- What is the legal framework, and what are the challenges to this framework, posed by social media profiling?
- How do data protection authorities assess the challenges of social media profiling?
In this section you can download the following deliverable of the PROFILING project: “Checklist for studying risks and regulations of profiling”.
This document can be a useful tool for all the stakeholders, policy makers, governments, EC officers when approaching the issue of profiling.
A series of issues, from the general context to more specific ones such as the risks & benefits and solutions & remedies are outlined.
It is intended to list the main issues and features, with a neutral approach, in order to set a sort of research agenda which can be used to further deepen the research and foster the knowledge and the awareness on the topic of automated profiling
Check list for studying risks®ulations of profiling
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The third working paper of the project PROFILING has been finalized and it is freely available for consultation.
It analyzes the impact of profiling on fundamental values and citizens’ rights.
Download the paper: PROFILINGproject_WS1_Fundamental_1110