Profiling the European Citizen

Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives

  • Mireille Hildebrandt
  • Serge Gutwirth

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxx
  2. What is Profiling?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 16-16
    2. Mireille Hildebrandt, Serge Gutwirth
      Pages 1-13
    3. Mireille Hildebrandt
      Pages 17-45
    4. Ana Canhoto, James Backhouse
      Pages 47-63
    5. Bernhard Anrig, Will Browne, Mark Gasson
      Pages 65-87
    6. Angelos Yannopoulos, Vassiliki Andronikou, Theodora Varvarigou
      Pages 89-109
  3. Applications of Profiling

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 130-130
    2. Vassiliki Andronikou, Angelos Yannopoulos, Theodora Varvarigou
      Pages 131-145
    3. Lothar Fritsch
      Pages 147-168
    4. Emmanuel Benoist
      Pages 169-184
    5. Meike Kamp, Barbara Körffer, Martin Meints
      Pages 201-215
    6. Nils Leopold, Martin Meints
      Pages 217-237
  4. Profiling, Democracy and Rule of Law

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 240-240
    2. Wim Schreurs, Mireille Hildebrandt, Els Kindt, Michaël Vanfleteren
      Pages 241-270
    3. Serge Gutwirth, Paul De Hert
      Pages 271-302
    4. Mireille Hildebrandt
      Pages 303-343
    5. Mireille Hildebrandt, Serge Gutwirth
      Pages 365-368
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 369-373

About this book


In the eyes of many, one of the most challenging problems of the information society is that we are faced with an ever expanding mass of information. Selection of the relevant bits of information seems to become more important than the retrieval of data as such: the information is all out there, but what it means and how we should act on it may be one of the big questions of the 21st century. If an information society is a society with an exponential proliferation of data, a knowledge society must be the one that has learned how to cope with this.

Profiling technologies seem to be one of the most promising technological means to create order in the chaos of proliferating data. In this volume a multifocal view will be developed to focus upon what profiling is, where it is applied and what may be the impact on democracy and rule of law. Based on the work done within the European Network of Excellence (NoE) on the Future of Identity in Information Society (FIDIS), a set of authors from different disciplinary backgrounds and jurisdictions share their understanding of profiling as a technology that may be preconditional for the future of our information society.



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Editors and affiliations

  • Mireille Hildebrandt
    • 2
    • 1
  • Serge Gutwirth
    • 2
    • 1
  1. 1.Erasmus University RotterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Vrije Universiteit BrusselBelgium

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