Reforms to surveillance laws are improving transparency but better checks and balances to match the powers of intelligence services are needed, finds a new report from the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA). It shows how clear legal frameworks, robust safeguards and effective oversight are needed to enhance security and respect fundamental rights.
On 4 May, FRA Director Michael O’Flaherty spoke at the European University Institute’s State of the Union conference in San Domenico di Fiesole, Italy, an annual event that reflects on the EU and its future and whose theme this year was ‘Building a People’s Europe’.
The Agency hosted a panel focusing on remedies available to individuals alleging rights violations in the context of surveillance during the annual Computers, Privacy & Data Protection conference in Brussels on 27 January.
The German Federal Chancellery and the Ministry of the Interior held its first symposium on intelligence law in Berlin from 3-4 November.
FRA presented key findings from its surveillance report at the Spring Conference of European Data Protection Authorities in Budapest on 26 May.
On 10 May, FRA took part in a one-day conference in Berlin organised by the German Institute for Human Rights in cooperation with other organisations.
FRA presented findings from the first phase of its project on fundamental rights safeguards and remedies in the context of large-scale surveillance by national intelligence authorities in the EU at the 7th Biannual Surveillance and Society Conference on 22 April in Barcelona.
FRA took part in the anniversary conference to mark 20 years of the Norwegian Parliamentary Intelligence Oversight Committee (EOS) in Oslo on 12 April.
The FRA Director, Michael O’Flaherty, addressed Members of the European Parliament in Brussels from 25-26 January for the first time in his capacity as the Agency’s head. It was a valuable opportunity to engage directly with MEPs to hear about their fundamental rights concerns and for them to keep abreast about FRA’s recent and ongoing work.
FRA presented the findings from its ‘National intelligence authorities and surveillance in the EU: Fundamental rights safeguards and remedies’ report at an intelligence services and law event in Vienna on 26 November.