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Parliamentary questions
19 August 2010
E-2186/2010
Answer given by Mr Tajani on behalf of the Commission

The EU GRANT for the Indect project amounts to the sum of EUR 10.90 million. The total budget of the Indect project amounts to EUR 14.86 million.

The Commission would like to underline that Indect is a research project focused on the development of a platform for the registration and exchange of operational data. The Indect project will not develop nor produce any kind of ‘ready to use’ technology but only a methodology. It is therefore certain that the only data collected through Indect will be provided by individuals participating to Indect. Should personal data of individuals be used during the project, then this will be done on the basis of ‘informed consent’ of individuals participating in the tests. The Indect project is not classified; accordingly it will not deal with classified data. The project will not give any personal data available processed in connection with the project to third parties. The results of the project are publicly available and are published on the website of the Indect project. The Intellectual Property rights of Indect remain however property of the grant holder and cannot be freely used.

The technologies developed under Indect are intended for police and other law enforcement authorities. However, it remains the responsibility of the authorities of the Member States to use these new technologies, of course taking into account the right of every citizen to the protection of personal data, in particular the principle of proportionality (as stated in Article 16 of the Treaty for the Functioning of the EU). Those bodies (public or private) who may wish to set up a system based on the results of this research project will have to implement it according to the relevant national and international legislation. The Commission expects that the Member States will weigh all the possible aspects of using such technologies in a way that fully complies with the protection of personal data and other fundamental rights.

Member States are bound to comply with EU fundamental rights as enshrined in the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, as well as the European Convention on Human Rights, and to address the processing of personal data on a proper legal basis (Article 7 of Directive 1995/46/EC). In any case, if processing of personal data takes place, it has to comply with the existing legislation, namely Regulation and/or applicable national laws transposing the framework Decision.

The project operates a website (www.indect-project.eu) where many of its results can be found.

The Parliament does not approve individual Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) research projects, nor do they directly report their project activity to the Parliament. The Commission however continually and systematically monitors the implementation of the seventh framework programme and communicates the conclusions thereof to the Parliament, as stated in Article 7 of Decision No 1982/2006/EC.

See for further details: http://cordis.europa.eu/documents/documentlibrary/90798681EN6.pdf

Furthermore, FP7 projects may be audited by the European Court of Auditors, which reports back to the Council and the Parliament.

The University of York’s contribution to Indect focuses on the development and application of state-of-the-art computational linguistics techniques for information gathering and learning from the web. The focus is on novel techniques for Word Sense Induction, Entity Resolution, Relationship Mining, Social Network Analysis and Sentiment Analysis. Detailed information on the University of York’s contribution to Indect can be found on the University’s website: http://www.cs.york.ac.uk/aig/projects/indect/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=38&Itemid=54.

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