The PROFILING project has been funded by the European Commission, DG Justice, under the Fundamental Rights and Citizens programme. It is focused on identifying and tackling the challenges posed by technology to the fundamental right to data protection.

The project is carried out by a consortium of five partners:
  • United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Institute – UNICRI
  • Amapola – Projects on Security and Safety of Cities and Citizens
  • Technical University of Berlin – TUB
  • Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology and Society – TILT
  • Romanian Center for European Policies – CRPE


Main objectives:
  • Identifying the risks related to the extensive use of profiling
  • Identifying the level of awareness of the responsible authorities of the Member States on the risks deriving from the use of profiling
  • Identifying the level of awareness of a selected sample/group of interviewers in testing partner countries
  • Identifying the countermeasures adopted in all EU Member States.


Main activities:
  • A background analysis on profiling and its impact on fundamental rights
  • A risk assessment based on the results of the background analysis
  • A series of questionnaires elaborated and tested with the national Data Protection Authorities of the 27 EU Member States and Switzerland, to assess the present European legal framework
  • Fieldwork in three selected countries – Romania, Germany and Italy –exploring the legal aspects related to the evolution of technologies, with a specific focus on data retention and e-commerce

The final comprehensive analysis will provide inputs for the workshops which will involve different stakeholders. These workshops will help to raise awareness about the threats and their possible solutions.

The main activities will be followed by a dissemination phase which will enable the partners to share the achievements gained during the implementation of the project and possibly inspire follow-up initiatives.

A final international meeting will be organized in Rome to present the main results of the project.

Donor: European Commission, DG Justice


more information about the project


Romanian Centre for European Policies