The goal of the project PARIS (PrivAcy pReserving Infrastructure for Surveillance) is to define and demonstrate a methodological approach for the development of a surveillance infrastructure which enforces the right of citizens for privacy, justice and freedom. At the same time, it takes into account the evolving nature of such rights, since aspects that are acceptable today might not be acceptable in the future. It also includes the social and ethical nature of such rights, since the perception of such rights varies over time and in different countries.


The methodological approach will be based on two pillars:

  • a theoretical framework which balances surveillance with privacy/data protection and fully integrates the concept of accountability.
  • a process for the design of surveillance systems which from the start takes into account privacy (i.e. Privacy-by-Design) and accountability (i.e. Accountability-by-Design).

For more details, see the pages for Project Overview, Objectives & Approach, Expected Results, and the Factsheet.


  • Social / ethicAl / Legal / Technological Framework (SALT)
  • Privacy-by-Design (PbD)
  • Accountability-by-Design (AbD)

Latest News:

  • Surveillance Privacy and Accountability Workshop
    14-16 December 2014, Boston, MA, USA
    The PARIS project organises the Workshop on Privacy and Accountability for Surveillance Systems WOPASS 2014, in conjunction with the ASE International Conference on Privacy, Security, Risk, and Trust PASSAT 2014.
  • Article on Privacy Protective Surveillance
    2 August 2014
    The PARIS project is mentioned in an article on the PrivacyGo website about Privacy Protective Surveillance (PPS), which is a privacy-integrated design for intelligence agencies charged with protecting national security. PARIS is a research venture into alternative surveillance infrastructure, and it is creating a blueprint for the PPS design which combines surveillance, privacy and accountability needs.
  • Annual Privacy Forum 2014
    20-21 May 2014, Athens, Greece
    At APF2014 PARIS partners make presentation on privacy in video surveillance systems and on accountable surveillance in the EU.
  • Third VideoSense Summer School 2014
    16 April 2014, Sophia-Antipolis, France
    A PARIS partner presents an introduction to the PARIS project and to Privacy-by-Design Applied to Video Surveillance Systems at the VideoSense Summer School.

See the News page for more information.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement number 312504.