Council of Europe: Bureau of the European Committee on legal cooperation: Draft Recommendation on the protection of individuals with regard to automatic processing of personal data in the framework of profiling and its Draft Explanatory Memorandum


Council of Europe: Bureau of the European Committee on legal cooperation: Draft Recommendation on the protection of individuals with regard to automatic processing of personal data in the framework of profiling and its Draft Explanatory Memorandum (pdf):

"Since profiling is based on the use of statistics, there is a real likelihood that a given characteristic will be wrongly attributed to an identifiable or identified individual. For example, predictive data relating to an individual which have been extrapolated from data concerning the previous behaviour of a group cannot always be accurate."

"In the fight against terrorism, the use of black lists based on statistical inferences is bound to result in non-terrorists being prevented from boarding a plane and offers no absolute guarantee that terrorist passengers will be intercepted."

"where a general search engine is used, the service provider hosting the search engine has a "global" view of an identified individual terminal nowadays plays a key, even vital, technical role in collecting network users' telecommunications data."


See also: Comments of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, Washington, DC (pdf)

 

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