To determine the state of the art of smart surveillance and likely future trends in a key application area – e-government (including e-health)

Description of work

Task 5.1 Identifying and classifying relevant smart surveillance technologies in egovernment

WP5 will involve a thorough study of the different smart surveillance technologies currently available to police and security services through the extensive development of e-government as well as foreseeable future trends in this area. As in WPs 2, 3 and 4, it combines extensive inhouse expertise with desktop research and peer-referral through input from members of the External Advisory Group. A group of experts comprising key technology providers, digital forensic scientists, e-government specialists. privacy/IT lawyers and users with police and counterterrorism expertise will map, describe and classify existing smart surveillance technologies and their integration with personal data repositories within the key application area of e-government with particular emphasis on biometric ID cards (and national registers) and all devices equipped with RFID. It will also investigate the current status and the future trends for MIMSI-type large scale integration of data from unique ID, location tracing within e-government applications.

This will constitute a good foundation for the tasks of:

  • Identifying the security advantages, technical features and options for safeguards in this area of application to the extent that they affect’ privacy;
  • Identifying the extent to which smart surveillance technologies in this area may be usefully stand-alone or else susceptible to integration with other areas of application and especially with existing or future repositories of personal data;

Task 5.2 Identifying proportionality issues in smart surveillance opportunities in egovernment applications

  • Identifying the extent to which smart surveillance technologies in this area of application are suitable, appropriate and necessary to achieve those purposes

Task 5.3 Impact Assessment – smart surveillance in e-government

  • Identifying the extent to which the deployment of smart surveillance technologies in this area of application may affect privacy and data protection
  • Providing suggestions as to the methods that may be used to
    • preserve privacy and data integrity while enhancing security; and
    • assist in the elimination of contractual provision, technical features and operational practices which may prejudice those objectives.