PACT Final Conference - Vienna [13-14 November 2014]

The PACT project organised an international conference, jointly with the SURPRISE and PRISMS projects on 13-14 November 2014 in Vienna, Austria.

Topic: Citizens’ Perspectives on Surveillance, Security and Privacy: Controversies, Alternatives and Solutions

This two day conference was jointly organised by three EU FP7 research projects - SurPRISE, PRISMS and PACT, integrating the citizens’ perspective into the investigation of these controversial topics. It offered a unique occasion to both present and discuss the results of the projects, but also to integrate them into a wider spectrum of social, academic and political debates. It involved speakers from different scientific disciplines - social sciences, law, computer sciences, etc.  – as well as practitioners – policy makers, NGOs, law enforcement officers, etc.

The DRAFT PROGRAMME is available here.



PACT Launching Conference - European Parliament [Past]

The Launching Conference of the PACT project was held at the European Parliament on June 20th, 2012

The Vision of PACT project

"those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety"

Benjamin Franklin

PACT (Public perception of security and privacy: Assessing knowledge, Collecting evidence, Translating research into action) is a 36 month collaborative project, partly funded by the European Commission within the scope of the FP7 Security Programme. The multinational consortium constituting the PACT project team shares the common vision depicted by the famous quote attributed to Benjamin Franklin.

Security, Privacy and Fundamental Rights

PACT project believes that securityprivacy and fundamental rights are not necessarily in tension, but that they may all be pursued together. We believe that the web of rich and nuanced relations between security and privacy go well beyond any simplistic formula and can be correctly understood only by considering them within the context of complex of societal and cultural interactions.

The Mission of PACT

  • Security and Privacy - to assess existing knowledge about the relation between security and privacy and the role played by trust and concern;
  • pan-European survey - to collect empirical evidence through a pan-European survey on the public perception of the relation between privacy, fundamental rights, and security, and to analyze the main factors that affect public assessment of the privacy implications of security technology;
  • Privacy Reference Framework - to develop and validate an evidence-based Privacy Reference Framework for Security Technology and Decision Support System that may assist end users and policy makers to consider privacy and fundamental rights when they evaluate pros and cons of specific security investments.
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