Toolkit for policy makers and police/security forces


To create a tool-kit capable of pan-European application (and even beyond) for policy makers and users of surveillance which will be composed of two main items:

  • a matrix-style checklist incorporating operational/technical-economics-social factors – legal aspects based  which could be utilised as a decision-support tool for policy-makers assessing systems specifically designed for surveillance (including the development of system design guidelines) and
  • Model force-level regulations which can be adopted by a police force for the deployment of Surveillance systems including large-scale integrated systems.

Both the matrix and the regulations would balance citizens’ rights (of privacy) and security concerns)



Description of work

Task 15.1       Evolutionary design of Toolkit

An initial design of the Toolkit will be developed during the initial stages of the RESPECT project, identifying:

  • Sources of information that will inform the development and creation of the Toolkit.
  • Draft division of the ‘chapters’/tools in the Toolkit.
  • Methodology to be followed in the creation of the Toolkit.

The design will evolve as the different WPs take shape and the findings from each WP are produced.

Task 15.2       Identifying ways to implement best practice

Working closely with WPs 9 & 14, ways to implement best practices in the toolkit will be identified taking into account:

  • The best/good practice identified as part of WPs 4-8 on integration and interoperability of surveillance data from different sources including existing databases.
  • The responses developed in other areas of law to the issues arising from the use of surveillance (including economic and social costs).

Task 15.3        Identifying ways to implement the findings from CONSENT and SMART

Working closely with WP14, ways to implement findings from CONSENT and SMART in the toolkit will be identified.

Task 15.4       Examine & Analyse theories of surveillance regulation

In cooperation with WP9 and taking into consideration the findings of WP3, WP10 and WP13 this task will further investigate an appropriate theoretical framework within which to develop the Toolkit.

Taking into consideration for the findings of WP 14 relating to results produced within the SMART project the WP will further:

  • Provide an overview of the different models of regulation for surveillance already employed or discussed in literature – generic or specific to a particular investigation, explicitly including or excluding specific technologies (e.g. FRT), guidelines or binding laws.
  • Analyse existing literature, studies, etc. regarding the conditions that have to be given for a particular model to be successful
  • Examine which model would best support the recommendations to be made in the toolkit taking into account the global nature of the problem.

The task will mainly be carried out through desktop research.

Task 15.5       Creation of toolkit

A toolkit will be created which will enable policy makers to

  • Address the findings/risks identified in WP4-8;
  • Implement the safeguards identified in WP9 through design of operational guidelines and system design guidelines.

The creation of the Toolkit will be based on the evolved initial design and will use the analysis of:

  • The outputs of the previous WPs (in particular WPs 3, 10 and 13).
  • Current best practices identified in WPs4-8 and 14.
  • The applicable findings in SMART and CONSENT identified in WP14.
  • Theories of regulation of surveillance identified in Task 15.4.

While the final distribution of ‘measures’ that will form part of the toolkit will depend on the findings & analyses of the four inputs, possible elements which will be considered include:

  • Technical features.
  • Regulatory, self-regulatory and co-regulatory measures.
  • Development of industry standards.
  • Educational measures.

An explanatory text to explain the choices made and the implications of different recommended paths of action will also be part of the Toolkit.