Ploughing through the SURPRISE results on European public’s attitudes towards security-oriented surveillance technologies provides much food for thought.
The study identifies a list of criteria for what makes security-oriented surveillance technologies acceptable:
a) operate under an international legislative framework, monitored by a data protection authority with sufficient powers at the European level;
b) are operated by transparent, accountable public agencies that inform citizens about their purposes and functions;
c) are cost-effective and allow citizens to access and control the data they retrieve and store;
d) always target the least sensitive data, only in public spaces, whenever possible and be specifically orientated towards suspects and criminal activities;
e) are deployed only after significant evidences have been collected and only after judicial authorities grant permission;
f) incorporate Privacy-by-Design mechanisms and principles;
g) do not replace but complement human intervention, as part of a broader, socially informed, security strategy that addresses also the social and economic causes of crime and violence.
So - how many of these criteria do Snowden's revelations violate?
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