PRISMS was a 42 month project which started in February 2012. The project analysed the traditional trade-off model between privacy and security and devise a more evidence-based perspective for reconciling privacy and security, trust and concern. It examined how technologies aimed at enhancing security are subjecting citizens to an increasing amount of surveillance and, in many cases, causing infringements of privacy and fundamental rights. It conducted both a multidisciplinary inquiry into the concepts of privacy and security and their relationships and an EU-wide survey (27,000 respondents) to determine whether people evaluate the introduction of security technologies in terms of a trade-off. As a result, the project determined the factors that affect public assessment of the security and privacy implications of a given security technology. The project used these results to devise a decision support system providing users (those who deploy and operate security systems) insight into the pros and cons, constraints and limits of specific security investments compared to alternatives taking into account a wider society context.
Client: European Commission, DG for Enterprise and Industry