Access to documents request related to technology-led policing H2020 projects in Greece

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Eleftherios Chelioudakis

1. Documents on any pilot implementation of the project SPIRIT (“Scalable privacy preserving intelligence analysis for resolving identities”) in Greece, as well as any publications on the use / development of tools related to face extraction and matching in Greece during the project. (https://www.spirit-tools.com/index.php)

2. Documents on any pilot implementation of the project COPKIT in Greece, such as the demo of the COPKIT tools, which took place in Athens in November 2019 at the premises of the Center for Security Studies (KEMEA) a research center within the Hellenic Ministry of Citizen Protection. (https://copkit.eu/)

3. Documentation related to the ANITA project ("Advanced tools for fighting oNline Illegal TrAfficking"), and documents on any possible pilot implementation of the project in Greece (https://www.anita-project.eu/index.html).

My full postal address is:
Ahniadon 17-19, Postal Code: 11854, Athens, Greece

Many thanks for your time and efforts on my request.

Kind regards,
Eleftherios

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[1]Ares(2019)7595340 - Access to documents request - Mr Chelioudakis -
projects SPIRIT,COPKIT and ANITA

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Dear Mr Chelioudakis,

We refer to your request for access to documents, submitted to the
Research Executive Agency (REA) on 09/12/2019 and registered under
reference number Ares(2019)7592203 on 10/12/2019.

Please note that your application will be handled within 15 working days,
in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 regarding public access to
European Parliament, Council and Commission documents. The time limit will
expire on 10/01/2020. In case this time limit needs to be extended, you
will be informed in due course.

Kind regards,

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Eleftherios Chelioudakis

Dear ve_rea.rea access documents (REA),

The "asktheEU" website tool has informed me that the response to my request has been delayed. The time limit expires today on 10/01/2020.

I am looking forward to receiving your response soon.

Yours sincerely,

Eleftherios Chelioudakis

ve_rea.rea access documents (REA), Research Executive Agency

[1]Ares(2020)145785 - AoR: Ares(2019)7595340 - Access to documents request
- Mr Chelioudakis - projects SPIRIT,COPKIT and ANITA

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Dear Mr Chelioudakis,

We refer to your request for access to documents, submitted to the
Research Executive Agency (REA) on 09/12/2019 and registered under
reference number Ares(2019)7592203 on 10/12/2019.

Your application is currently being handled. However, we will not be in a
position to complete the handling of your application within the time
limit of 15 working days, which expires today -  10/01/2020.

An extended time limit is needed as the documents requested originate from
third parties which have been consulted.

Therefore, we have to extend the time limit with 15 working days in
accordance with Article 7(3) of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 regarding
public access to documents. The new time limit expires on 31/01/2020.

 We apologise for this delay and for any inconvenience this may cause.

 Yours faithfully,

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Dear Mr Chelioudakis,

Please find attached REA reply (Ares(2020)620952) to your request for access to documents registered under reference number: Ares(2019)7592203, regarding projects SPIRIT-786993, COPKIT-786687 and ANITA-787061.

Please acknowledge receipt of this e-mail and let us know whether you would like to receive a paper version of the attached letter and documents.

Best regards,

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Eleftherios Chelioudakis

Dear Research Executive Agency,

Please pass this on to the Director of the Research Executive Agency Mr. Marc Tachelet. I have sent a copy of this application to his email, as well.

I submit today, 11/02/2020, via email this confirmatory application following the reply of Ms. Barbara Kampis received on 31/01/2020 with regards to my access to documents request under reference number Ares(2019)7592203 (Information about three H2020 projects at the field of technology-led policing in Greece, projects SPIRIT-786993, COPKIT-786687 and ANITA-787061). My application respects the 15 days deadline that REA has set.

A full history of my request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.asktheeu.org/en/request/acce...
To begin with, I have not received any information related to the project SPIRIT-786993. My request is related to “any pilot implementation of the project SPIRIT in Greece, as well as any publications on the use / development of tools related to face extraction and matching in Greece during the project.”

This project is a very important part of my request, since the Hellenic Police is one of the consortium’s partners. Moreover, the information available on the project's website is very limited, even though the project has been up and running since August 2018. Nevertheless, it is evident from the website's content that the project aims to use tools such as face extraction and matching, to correlate information from social media data, and to continuously initiate complex associative searches over all sources relevant to criminal investigation. Thus, access to the requested documents is needed so that the public will be informed about the context and the results of the ongoing assessments of SPIRIT.

Is SPIRIT using pilots in Greece to test the developed technologies, and what is exactly the role of the Hellenic Police in this consortium? Is the use of facial recognition technology and social media profiling by law enforcement authorities in a H2020 research project in compliance with the European law and what are the deliverables (legal and ethical analysis, for example) that deal with these aspects of the project?
If pilots have not been implemented yet, are they scheduled for the future? Again, I underline the fact that the website of the project does not have any information on the envisaged work plan, so I cannot make my request specific, asking about access on a specific deliverable.

These are important questions, but REA has not provided me any documents related to the project SPIRIT. Thus, everything about this project remains a secret (since no deliverables’ list exists in its website).
As to the protection of privacy and personal data, I fully endorse and accept all personal data to be blanked out from the requested deliverables. Thus, REA could made these documents available / partially accessible by crossing out any personal data in these documents.

As to the protection of commercial interests, public access to the documents requested does not undermine the protection of commercial interests and there is an overriding public interest in disclosure. All of the projects related to my request, are publicly funded projects. Thus, the public has a legitimate interest in accessing the results of publicly funded research. Maybe some of the deliverables could be protected under this argument, but a project such as SPIRIT cannot in its entirety be considered to be protected by the IP rights of the actors involved. Especially reports on legal and ethical analysis, use cases and scenarios, risk indicators, pilots’ evaluation reports and analysis, do not (or not mostly) contain commercial interests protected by Copyright.

Yours faithfully,

Eleftherios Chelioudakis

Eleftherios Chelioudakis

Dear ve_rea.rea access documents(REA),

I would like also to mention that I intend to use the requested information in media reporting, as well as in advocacy actions of Homo Digitalis, a Greek civil society organisation focused on the promotion and protection of human rights in the digital age.

Yours sincerely,

Eleftherios Chelioudakis

ve_rea.rea access documents(REA), Research Executive Agency

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Dear Mr Chelioudakis,

Please find attached REA reply (Ares(2020)1351062) to your confirmatory application of reference Ares(2020)909851 submitted by e-mail on 11 February 2020, regarding project SPIRIT.

The original, signed by MrTACHELET Marc on 04/03/2020, will be sent by registered mail with acknowledgement of receipt to the address:

Mr Eleftherios Chelioudakis
Ahniadon 17-19
11854, Athens
Greece

Kind regards;

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Eleftherios Chelioudakis

Dear Mr. Tachelet,
Dear Staff Members of REA,

Many thanks for your prompt and detailed reply to my application. I am very glad with all the information you provided about the project SPIRIT. All these important details are not available on the project’s website. So, I sincerely thank you for sharing them shedding some light upon the project .

Also, I am very glad to hear that the SPIRIT report of Legal and Ethical Framework and Risk analysis is publicly accessible. Unfortunately, the link you provided, i.e.
https://ec,europa,eu/research/participan... , does not properly work. It redirects me to the general participants’ portal of the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme (H2020), and when I search the “projects and results” section based on the project’s info (full name, abbreviation, project ID) I get no results for SPIRIT. Also, this deliverable has not been uploaded on the SPIRIT’s website (nothing is there basically).

Therefore, could you, please, attach this deliverable or provide a hyperlink that will correctly redirect me to it?

Moreover, I appreciate that you share with me as an attachment the table of the planned deliverables of the project. This could help our civil society organization to monitor the project’s progress in the future.

However, the second hyperlink you shared with me including all public deliverables produced to date and approved by REA that are already publicly accessible in the Community Research and Development Information Service (CORDIS), i.e. https://cordis.europa.eu/proiect/id/7869..., is broken too. More precisely, when I use it, I get the message “Page not found (404). We are sorry... the page you are looking for doesn't exist. It may have been removed, renamed or archived”.

Thus, could you please share a new hyperlink with me that works?

Many thanks for your time on my request. I very much appreciate all of your efforts and answers.

Yours sincerely,

Eleftherios Chelioudakis

Research Executive Agency

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Dear Mr. Chelioudakis,

 

In reply of you query of today, concerning the first link to the SPIRIT
report of Legal and Ethical Framework and Risk analysis:

[1]https://ec.europa.eu/research/participan...

please note that on our side the link is working. Actually it opens a
pop-up message at the bottom of the page where it is indicated “What do
you want to do with the Attachment?” and the button Open needs to be
clicked.

Pushing in the button CLOSE will indeed close the page.

 

Regarding the second link, please find below some print screens showing
how to do a search in CORDIS.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOW to search a project in CORDIS:

1.                   Enter in CORDIS website: [2]https://cordis.europa.eu/

2.            Enter the name or number of the project (ie SPIRIT or number
786993)

3.            Click search

4.            A list of projects will appear

 

 

 

 

We hope that it works this time.

 

Our sincere apologies for the inconvenience.

 

Kind regards,

 

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Eleftherios Chelioudakis

Dear Research Executive Agency,

Many thanks for your kind and prompt reply!
I now confirm access to the documents!
I very much appreciate all of your actions.

Yours faithfully,

Eleftherios Chelioudakis