Fair and Proportionate Data Processing in the Military Context

The increasing data-dependency of the militaries calls for a clear understanding of the type, quantity and origin of the relevant data, the laws regulating the processing of it and the limits of national security exceptionalism. The military environment and national security interests challenge the rules designed for peacetime civilian context. However, given the continuous merging of the civilian and military spheres and the lack of specific guidelines on data protection during military operations, human rights treaties and data protection laws remain the legal sources that address related problematics in the most specific and detailed manner. This panel will ask how the rules contained therein can be adapted to reflect the needs of the security sector. In search of common features and distinguishing lines, the speakers will discuss the privacy and data protection issues raised by multinational operations, autonomous systems and satellite reconnaissance.