Surveillance Privacy and Security: a large scale participatory assessment of criteria and factors determining acceptability and acceptance of security technologies in Europe. (SurPriSe)

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Investigador Principal: Vincenzo Pavone (IPP-CSIC)
Coordinador Internacional: Johann Cas - Institute of Technology Assessment, Austrian Academy of Sciences

SurPRISE re-examines the relationship between security and privacy, which is commonly positioned as a ‘trade-off’. Where security measures and technologies involve the collection of information about citizens, questions arise as to whether and to what extent their privacy has been infringed. This infringement of individual privacy is sometimes seen as an acceptable cost of enhanced security. Similarly, it is assumed that citizens are willing to trade off their privacy for enhanced personal security in different settings. This common understanding of the security-privacy relationship, both at state and citizen level, has informed policymakers, legislative developments and best practice guidelines concerning security developments across the EU.

However, an emergent body of work questions the validity of the security-privacy trade-off. This work suggests that it has over-simplified how the impact of security measures on citizens is considered in current security policies and practices. Thus, the more complex issues underlying privacy concerns and public skepticism towards surveillance-oriented security technologies may not be apparent to legal and technological experts. In response to these developments, this project will consult with citizens from several EU member and associated states on the question of the security-privacy trade-off as they evaluate different security technologies and measures.


Entidad financiadora: Comisión Europea.
Entidades Participantes: 10
Presupuesto: 3.500.000 Euros (total); 292.000 euros para el IPP-CSIC
Duración del proyecto: Enero 2012 - Diciembre 2015
Número de investigadores participantes: 25

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