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INDECT: A surveillance step too far?

An intelligent security project, currently receiving european funding under the Framework 7 Programme, has come under fire from activists. Protestors staged a demonstration on Saturday in the German City of Cologne and earlier this week, Anonymous hacked the Austrian Freedom Party's website to vent their anger.  

The project, which is named INDECT, deals with the area of intelligent security systems and is currently undergoing trials within several European universities, headed by the the AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow, Poland. If implemented, INDECT aims to automatically detect criminal threats through the processing of CCTV camera data streams. INDECT possesses distinct similarities to another Polish project, MAYDAY, also receiving FP7 funding.  Critics of INDECT say it would be extremely invasive in its online and offline surveillance of the general population: data from social networks and smart phones would be collected and analyzed and drones would be used in public places for automatic face recognition in camera surveillance.

Unlike the notorious ACTA internet legislation which was much criticised and debated, little has been published, outside central Europe, about INDECT and MAYDAY. However demonstrators point out that the technology is hugely invasive and the criteria for deciding what constitutes “abnormal behaviour” is unclear. They demand that INDECT be subject to democratic debate before becoming fully operational in 2014. 

What's your opinion? Is INDECT a surveillance step too far or is it the activists who will be criticised for protesting about a system which makes the process of exposing any misdeeds that much easier?

 
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