The Law of Big Data

Security and Surveillance

Big data now play a fundamental role in the prevention and repression of crimes. Furthermore, their analysis is very important in order to guarantee the security of the States.

For example, big data allow to carry out an offender profiling or to carry out an almost total surveillance of tastes, customs, religious beliefs or politics of a person. This information can be fundamental to investigations, as shown by the investigations on terrorism.

However, this scenario involves some questions.

  • What are the fundamental rights that are likely to be vulnerable?
  • To what extent is it possible to violate one or more fundamental rights for security purposes?
  • What is the relationship between security-aimed surveillance and democracy?

Guest speaker: Jamil Jeffer