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The GATHERINGS project will work
to sustain a balance between:

01.

surveillance effectiveness

02.

privacy protection

03.

economic
and
social costs

Welcome to
GATHERINGS

GATHERINGS will investigate the surveillance of public gatherings in order to:

Make public events safer, balancing the effects of surveillance on citizens, Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs), and security professionals.

GATHERINGS will investigate the surveillance of public gatherings in order to:

Improve fairness and transparency in surveillance, enhancing the respect for privacy.

GATHERINGS will investigate the surveillance of public gatherings in order to:

Promote cost-effective surveillance with a balanced approach that prioritises both security and privacy.

While individual security agents can engage in surveillance practices and consequently collect citizens' personal data, collaboration between multiple agents (public and private) creates a much more complex picture with regard to privacy, public safety and data transfer and transparency.

GATHERINGS addresses the complexity of these surveillant assemblages in the context of public gatherings, that is, in the context of people getting together in these specific places:

  • public spaces
  • events
  • street parties
  • music festivals
  • christmas markets
  • farmers' markets
  • religious celebrations
  • public protests
  • assemblies
  • spontaneous parties
  • street celebrations

Know our
objectives

Objective 1

understand how to balance the diverse stakeholders’ needs and interests concerning extensive surveillance of public gatherings.

Objective 2

increase awareness among citizens about different forms of surveillance in public spaces and privacy rights.

Objective 3

strengthen EU security of public spaces, while minimising the necessity for continuous and costly data collection and storage.

Objective 4

foster a balanced and justified use of surveillance systems and personal data.

Objective 5

promote the cross-border
exchange of good practices
among Police Authorities in EU Member States regarding the surveillance of public spaces.

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