Law and Internet Foundation is a partner in a consortium of 20 partners from 15 states all over the world in a project under the Seventh Research Framework Programme (FP7), work program topic "Security", "Use of smart surveillance systems, data protection, integrity and sharing information within privacy rules".
Centre for Law, Information and Converging Technologies (CLICT) of the University of Central Lanchashire is the co-ordinator of the project SMART. The project is initiated by CLICT within the LexConverge research network, where Professor Joe Cannataci is Principal Investigator and overall Project co-ordinator.
The SMART project combines a technical review of key application with a review of existing pertinent legislation with the aim to analyze the smart surveillance technologies. By means of the expertise from the police and security forces from inside and outside the EU it will be calculate the risk factors in a number of priority application areas for smart surveillance technologies including border control, crowd-control, counter-terrorism and e-government. SMART also evaluates the available safeguards for on-line surveillance and associated risks inherent in data-sharing and exchange. The project moves on to create a tool-kit which would be useful to system designers, policy makers and legislative draftsmen across Europe. At this stage the project would bring to bear significant EU-wide expertise in data protection legislation in order to prepare a draft model law which would contain a number of measures providing adequate safeguards for the data subject and thus rendering use of smart surveillance.
Law and Internet Foundation will be leading Working package 5 – "Smart Surveillance in Key Area of Application 4 – e-Government". Dr. George Dimitrov, Chairman of Law and Internet Foundation, will be Work package coordinator.