Based on interviews with exiled members of the Turkish military, this report looks at how the Turkish authorities utilised something called the 'FETÖ-Meter' - an Excel-based algorithm based on hundreds of data points about individuals' activities, education, work history, family and personal contacts - to target officials for persecution in the wake of the attempted July 2016 coup.
Deportation Union provides a critical examination of recently-introduced and forthcoming EU measures designed to increase the number of deportations carried out by national authorities and the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, Frontex. It focuses on three key areas: attempts to reduce or eliminate rights and protections in the law governing deportations; the expansion and interconnection of EU databases and information systems; and the increased budget, powers and personnel awarded to Frontex.
This report examines how the EU is using new technologies to screen, profile and risk-assess travellers to the Schengen area, and the risks this poses to civil liberties and fundamental rights. By developing ‘interoperable’ biometric databases, introducing untested profiling tools, and using new ‘pre-crime’ watchlists, people visiting the EU from all over the world are being placed under a veil of suspicion in the name of enhancing security.
This paper examines the EU’s justice and home affairs databases and information systems, the changes that have been introduced by recent legislation seeking to make those systems ‘interoperable’ and the potential implications of those changes for fundamental rights, in particular in relation to undocumented migrants.
While the European Union project has faltered in recent years, afflicted by the fall-out of the economic crisis, the rise of anti-EU parties and the Brexit vote, there is one area where it has not only continued apace but made significant advances: Europe’s security policies have not only gained political support from across its Member States but growing budgets and resources too.
Eurodrones, Inc. tells the story of how European citizens are unknowingly subsidising through their taxes a controversial drone industry yet are systematically excluded from any debates about their use. Behind empty promises of consultation, EU officials have turned over much of drone policy development to the European defence and security corporations which seek to profit from it.
The second edition of Migreurop's Atlas of Migration in Europe.
Back from the battlefield: domestic drones in the UK aims to contribute to the public debate on the use of drones within the UK.
This report examines the global framework for countering terrorist financing developed by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and other international law enforcement bodies.
The Shape of Things to Come examines the European Union's plans for justice and home affairs, and warns that the Union is embarked on several highly controversial paths, including harnessing the 'digital tsunami' to gather personal details on the everyday lives of everyone living in the European Union.
NeoConOpticon examines the development and implementation of the European Security Research Programme (ESRP), a €1.4 billion EU ‘R&D’ budget line focused predominantly on surveillance and otherlaw enforcement technologies.
When the Statewatch pamphlet "Crimes of Arrival" was written, in 1995, the title was a metaphor for the way the British government, in common with other European governments, treated migrants and especially, asylum seekers. Now, a decade on, that title describes a literal truth.
The ‘war on terror’ has continued with no end in sight in the years since the attacks on the United States on 11 September 2001. It permeates the institutions of the body politic in Europe, sacrificing liberty and freedoms in the name of a constructed ‘politics of fear’ and demands for security.
This report documents EU expenditure on "homeland security" research and the role played by arms company lobbyists in securing billions of euros in funding. Warns that the EU is fostering the expansion of an unaccountable security-industrial complex, with far-reaching implications for civil liberties.
Using public and secret documents, this report looks at moves in the UK, US, the G8, the EU Council and the Council of Europe to introduce new terrorism offences including preparatory acts and "glorification"; to use "intelligence information" as "evidence" in court; and to allow intelligence gathering by new "special investigative techniques".
This report looks at debates on so-called "racial profiling" and the fact that despite condemnation, European states continue to collect data on ethnicity and religion and use it prejudicially in their policing, immigration and counter-terrorism policies.
A sixty page assessment of how states are sacrificing civil liberties and free expression in the name of an all too often illusory security.
An "online book" on the history and struggle for freedom of information in the EU. Hundreds of links document the roles played by the EU institutions, the member states and, crucially, civil society.
EU governments signed the Europol Convention in July 1995. Four months later, Statewatch published the first publicly available draft of the text together with a detailed analysis to encourage open debate on the issues it raised. Six years later, this Convention is being rewritten to give Europol operational powers and a much wider remit and open debate needs as much encouragement as ever.
The first in-depth analysis of the databases and surveillance mechanisms being put in place by the EU. Examines "Europol", the "Schengen Information System" and a plethora of additional systems, and places them in the dual context of globalisation and social control.
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