IT systems can help trace missing migrant children and combat identity theft. But there are also significant risks to people’s fundamental rights, for instance not being fairly treated within the asylum procedure. So finds the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) in a new report. As authorities increasingly rely on these systems, the report suggests ways to better defend the rights of those affected.
The Agency’s Director, Michael O’Flaherty, presented FRA’s work priorities for this year to the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) in Brussels on 20 February, as it does each year.
The Agency presented its second ‘Surveillance by intelligence services: fundamental rights safeguards and remedies in the EU’ report in the 29th annual training course on security and justice of the French National Institute for Advanced Studies in Security and Justice (Institut National des Hautes Etudes de Sécurité et de Justice (INHESJ)) on 16 February.
The digital revolution is well under way which we increasingly see in our daily lives. New technology is altering the ways our personal data are being gathered and processed. European Data Protection Day on 28 January is therefore an opportunity to remind us of the growing need for robust personal data safeguards in these times of fast-moving digital change.