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11 March 2010
by Andreas Mölzer (NI)
to the Commission

 Subject: Indect — citizen surveillance
 Answer in writing 

Indect, an ‘intelligent information system supporting observation, searching and detection for security of citizens in urban environment’, is an information system that supports the search, detection and surveillance of citizens in urban environments.

This research project, which seeks to bring together all existing surveillance technologies under the one instrument, has been financed by the EU since 2009. Indect should make it possible to see and monitor everything. The EU is prepared to invest a total of EUR 14 860 000 in the 5‑year project.

The German partners involved in this project with the official objective of ‘enhancing security’ include the University of Wuppertal, Innotec Data Gmbh & Co KG and a company called Psi Transcom GmbH. This project is, however, regarded by many as an integrated espionage programme.

1. Which data should in future be made available under this project?

2. How much funding was given to the Indect project in 2009 and who provided this?

3. How much funding will be given to the Indect project in 2010 and beyond and who will provide this?

4. What is the objective of the Indect project?

5. To what extent are individual citizens directly affected by Indect?

6. To what extent does the Commission consider this project compatible with European data protection provisions?

7. What impact does Indect have on individual privacy?

Original language of question: DEOJ C 138 E, 07/05/2011
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