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Presentation of a new Report on Protecting Citizens' Rights and Countering Illicit Profiling in the European Union

Rome -

An International Conference entitled “Protecting Citizens’ Rights Fighting Illicit Profiling” will be held in Rome on 26 September 2014. Hosted by the Italian Society for International Organization (SIOI), the Conference represents a unique opportunity to present the main findings of the two-year project PROFILING.

The collection and analysis of personal information and in particular those associated to psychological and behavioral characteristics is a common practice in our digital society. Besides trying to define profiling, the project aims at identifying and tackling the challenges posed by technology to the fundamental right of privacy and data protection of citizens. In particular, the project’s objectives included the identification of risks related to the extensive use of profiling, and the assessment of the level of awareness and measures in place at European level.

The project, funded by the European Union (EU), was implemented by a consortium of partners leaded by the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI). The consortium included: Amapola (Projects on Security and Safety of Cities and Citizens); the Technical University of Berlin (TUB); the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology and Society (TILT) and the Romanian Center for European Policies (CRPE).

The project included a background analysis and risk assessment on profiling and its impact on fundamental rights, and the elaboration and testing of questionnaires with the involvement of the national data protection authorities of the 28 EU Member States and Switzerland, to assess the present European legal framework. Fieldwork was conducted in three selected countries - namely, Romania, Germany and Italy - on the legal aspects related to the evolution of technologies, with a specific focus on data retention and e-commerce.

During the Conference the results of the survey conducted in the 28 European Union Member States and Switzerland as well as the results of the fieldwork conducted in Romania, Germany and Italy will be presented.

Moreover, high-level international experts and representatives of national authorities working on protection of personal data and privacy at European level will present their experiences and debate on possible strategies and good practices to be adopted in the future regarding profiling practices and citizens’ rights.

Meeting venue: Piazza San Marco 51 - Roma (Italy)

Meeting schedule: h 9.30 - 16

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With financial support from the
“Fundamental Rights and Citizenship Programme” of the European Union