Regulating Risk Profiling by Law Enforcement agencies

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talkAcademic


Profiles are increasingly used to estimate future behaviour of people and score and rank individuals and groups and base law enforcement action on expected risks. Risk profiles are used by law enforcement for various purposes ranging from mapping which locations are prone to which type and frequency of crime and at what time of day; to filtering through huge volumes of data, searching for individuals who match risk profiles; to assessing the chances (based on data from similar individuals and based on past data to make assumptions about the future) that individuals will re-offend. While techniques such as risk profiling bring possibilities mostly in terms of efficiency, they also fundamentally shift the relation with data and people represented in this data. In this presentation I focused on providing examples of various ways in which risk profiles are used by Dutch law enforcement actors to show which categories we can distinguish there. Subsequently, I explained the implications of these technologies for the intersection of the right to privacy and criminal procedural law (focusing on the Wetboek van Strafvordering in NL).
Period25 Jun 2024
Held atTilburg University, Netherlands

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