This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 285492.


Related Projects in which SurPRISE Partners are involved


This project traces back the spread of surveillance systems and technologies in public and private sectors from the perspective of their impact on the structure of a democratic society. The focus of IRISS lies on the observable effects and everyday understanding of surveillance in contemporary Europe, analysing differences within and between individual societies and matching the observable effects against the situation in other parts of the world.


The project examines the ethical issues, legal limitations and efficiency of the use of surveillance technologies for the prevention, investigation and prosecution of serious crimes. Its main aim is to provide information for developers and manufacturers of surveillance technologies through a systematically delivered advisory service.


This project develops an instrument to support decision-makers in situations, where different measures for a security-related problem are available. This tool allows a comparison and evaluation of different measures to promote transparency in decision-making and security policies.

Taking liberties?: New uses of consumer data in the UK

The project aims to identify whether consumer data collected as part of Customer Relationship Management (CRM) programmes are being used in security measures in two key industries: financial services and travel.


The aim of PRISE was to contribute to a secure future for the European Union consistent with European citizens’ civil rights – in particular privacy – and their preferences. It developed criteria and guidelines for privacy enhancing security research and for the application of the developed security solutions. As a supporting activity under the PASR programme the project provided assistance to the European Union in shaping forthcoming security research programmes in accordance with its fundamental values.

Other related Projects


This research project focuses on identifying and assessing opportunities for the increase of societal security. ETTIS’ is the construction of  a comprehensive  framework,  which  can  be  used  in the  formulation of  future  decisions  and  security policies.

LiSS COST Action ISO807

This European research program is designed to increase and deepen knowledge about living and working in the surveillance age. It aims to provide a better understand of the consequences and impacts of enhanced surveillance and to be able to make recommendations about its future governance and practice.


This projects assumes that security, privacy and fundamental rights may all be pursued together, they are not necessarily in tension. A pan-European survey on the public perception of the relation between privacy, fundamental rights, and security will be a central facet of the project and will assist the PACT team in analysing the main factors that influence public assessment of these issues.


The project researches the traditional trade-off model between privacy and security and devise a more evidence-based perspective for reconciling privacy and security, trust and concern. It analyzes how technologies aimed at enhancing security are subjecting citizens to an increasing amount of surveillance and, in many cases, causing infringements of privacy and fundamental rights.


This project reviews the effectiveness of surveillance systems and procedures used in Europe in preventing or reducing crime and in tracking evidence for improved prosecutions.  A focus lies on the determination of the social and economic costs and the legal basis adopted for surveillance systems and procedures with particular attention to citizen acceptance and cultural differences


The focus of this project is to encourage governments and other public authorities to consider the social, political and ethical costs of anti-terrorism or other security measures alongside their traditional focus on the most cost-efficient solutions and advanced technologies. It attempts to address conflicting interests between public decision makers, technology providers, and citizens.


The project’s aim is to provide strategic knowledge on the state of the art of surveillance studies, emerging smart surveillance technologies, and the adequacy of the existing legal framework.  In addition to addressing these core research goals, the project will entail the development and validation of scenarios around future smart surveillance systems, and will apply the best elements of existing PIA (privacy impact assessment) methodologies to construct a surveillance related PIA framework.