Visser, B. (Organiser), Van Brakel, R. E. (Chair), Koen Gorissen (Participant), Quirine Eijkman (Participant), Arne Hintz (Participant), Marion Oswald (Participant)

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The VUB Chair in Surveillance Studies panel aims to discuss the possibilities and pitfalls of citizen participation and participatory ex ante oversight mechanisms for the implementation of surveillance technologies by police. Increasingly, and also more recently triggered by the COVID pandemic, surveillance technologies for crime control and public order policing but also as management tools are implemented and experimented with. This often happens without public debate, ex ante proportionality assessments, informed DPIAs and transparency. Often, it is claimed that the data collected by the surveillance technology is anonymised or the practice is GDPR compliant, however, human rights risks for citizens and social consequences remain as no informed proportionality assessments are conducted.
In the spirit of article 35(9) of the GDPR, which states that when conducting DPIAs “where appropriate, the controller shall seek the views of data subjects or their representatives on the intended processing” - something that is not mentioned in the law enforcement directive - this panel aims to discuss the possibility of participation by data subjects and /or their representatives in ex ante oversight mechanisms.
Period27 Jan 2021
Event typeConference