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Hard Choices: Increase Counter-Terrorism Surveillance Powers or Risk Further Terrorist Attacks

Lowe, D (2015) Hard Choices: Increase Counter-Terrorism Surveillance Powers or Risk Further Terrorist Attacks. In: UACES Arena, 02 June 2015, Edelman BXL, Rue de Tone, Brussels Belgium. (Unpublished)

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2015 has shown the devastating results terrorist acts in a number of European states have. While acts of terrorism occurring in Europe is not new, what is changing is how terrorist groups, in particular Islamist groups such as Islamic state and Al Qaeda affiliates such as Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and Jabhat al-Nusra Front are using electronic communications to radicalise, communicate and plan acts of terror. Dr David Lowe from Liverpool John Moores University examines the law governing surveillance, in particular in relation to counter-terrorism investigations and argues there is a requirement for the reintroduction of the 2011 EU Directive on Passenger Name Record data as well as an EU Regulation that encourages international co-operation between the EU member states’ counter-terrorism agencies and similar agencies in third countries as well as with Internet Service Providers and Communication Service Providers. He argues that such legislation is needed to help plug the ever widening security gap brought about by terrorist groups like Islamic States use of various forms of electronic communication. The key points his presentation will cover is how such laws can be introduced while remaining compatible with privacy laws and laws protecting personal data. Underpinning his argument is that the needs of national security and individual rights are not exclusive, they are inclusive and that balance is need in protecting the the right to life of EU citizens with their rights to privacy.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Copyright - The author
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
K Law > KZ Law of Nations
Divisions: Law
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2015 11:15
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2022 15:13
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/1357
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