Aspects of surveillance in the EU and US

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 to Tue, 26 Sep 2017
UM Campus Brussels, Avenue de l’Armée / Legerlaan 10, 1040 Brussels Belgium
Academic Conference & Policy Meeting

Surveillance is one of the most disputed and debated policies of our time. Yet, an in-depth and more nuanced discussion is missing as to how surveillance affects various stakeholders and is perceived from different angles, both in the EU and the US. 
Surveillance authorities currently face several challenges, ranging from tackling the consequences of the recent Paris and Brussels terrorist attacks, the issue of an alleged lack of data sharing for security purposes (prevention, detection and investigation of serious crimes, including terrorism), reconciling the migrant crisis and the challenges it brings along with border protection concerns. On a broader scale, the entry into force of the Privacy Shield and the General Data Protection Regulation are on the agenda.

Surveillance often encompasses the general public and is not targeted to particular individuals who are suspects of being involved in serious crime activities, including the preparation of a terrorist attack. Within this perspective, it will be discussed how surveillance should be better regulated in order to achieve its goal most efficiently, whether the expansion of surveillance means is always beneficial to security and what are data subjects’ rights with regard to surveillance.

A further issue addressed will be the perspective of the means of surveillance and the interplay between, on the one hand, legal limitations and possibilities in this regard and, on the other hand, the constant technical development of innovative means of surveillance. Encryption, Privacy by Design and by Default, anonymization, dealing with big and raw data have become a part of constant legal and political debate in Europe and the world. The recent Apple dispute in the US epitomizes the importance of this debate.

The event is co-organized by Maastricht University, CEPS and the LIBE Committe of the European Parliament. The event is subsidized by SWOL, the University Fund Limburg and SOURCE Societal SecurityNetwork.

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