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Aldo Agostini

CEO – Adeia Consulting

Speaks at ID WORLD on Transportation Security

Aldo Agostini, 48, is the chairman and founder of Adeia Consulting, a consulting company specialized in security, privacy, technologies and management models. He has a law degree and attended the 4-year course of the Istituto Superiore di Polizia (Police Academy). He works with the University of Pavia, within the framework of the ICSS (International Centre for Security Study), and other public and private institutions. He was a police officer in Italy from 1982 to the beginning of 2003, leaving with the rank of Deputy Commissioner, to devote his energies to consultancy and private security services. In the police force, he has almost always managed in city departments, leading major investigations in the anti-drug war and against organised crime, receiving recognition and awards at the highest level.

In the last few years of his service he specialised in national control, video-surveillance, biometrics and the application of the privacy regulations, areas in which he now runs seminars and specialist courses concerning the Italian and European dimension. He subsequently worked for a biometric systems company. After he founded Security Studio System, another security service company, finally, in 2008, he founded and devoted himself to Adeia Consulting.

“Videosurveillance in Europe: the trend after the new guidelines of the European Data Protection Supervisor”

The European Data Protection Supervisor in February of this year provided a practical set of recommendations for European institutions and bodies on how to design and operate their video-surveillance systems.

These are real guidelines rather detailed and precise, and accompanied by practical examples. The guidelines, therefore, are limited for European institution and bodies, but are, nonetheless, an important point of reference and a guideline of great interest, able to influence the work of other national privacy authorities. Points of interest are many: the introduction of impact assessment studies, planning ad hoc video surveillance, the establishment of the Privacy Officer, training and audit controls.

The Authority did not shirk from addressing difficult topics such as covert videosurveillance, employee surveillance and image retention period, even if opinions about it are very different in Europe.

The presentation will examine the consequences for the EDPS of the use of high-tech or intelligent systems such as:

– linkage of the video-surveillance system with biometric data;

– indexing the data in the images to allow automated searches and alerts;

– facial or other image recognition or gait recognition systems,

– any type of dynamic-preventive surveillance;

– a network based of cameras that can track moving objects or people throughout the whole area,

– audio-based alert systems;

– Infra-red, thermal imaging devices and other special-use cameras;

– special purpose cameras with enhanced optical and digital zooming capabilities.

These guidelines, which address together technical and legal aspects, may be an interesting benchmark for the future, to try to minimize the eternal conflict between technology & law.

Speaking on November 18

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