European Data Protection Digest

PRESCIENT Project Will Examine Emerging Technologies

PRIVACY—EU

April 2, 2010

A three-year project funded by the European Commission will explore the privacy implications of emerging technologies ranging from identification and surveillance to biometrics and on-the-spot DNA sequencing, Security Management Today reports. PRESCIENT, which stands for Privacy and Emerging Sciences and Technologies, aims to establish a new framework for privacy and ethical considerations arising from emerging technologies. According to PRESCIENT's Web site, the project "will identify and analyse ethical issues posed by new technologies and discuss them with interested stakeholders and, in due course, provide scientifically based recommendations to policymakers on how to address privacy issues..." Michael Friedewald, the project's coordinator, says it is essential "to reconceptualise privacy in ethical, social, cultural and other dimensions, and to examine both how these different conceptualisations impact upon each other and how they can be bridged."
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