CHARISMA Smart Cams in public space


"Smart Cams", continuously linked to the Internet and operating unobtrusively in glasses, jewelry, badges, helmets or as dash cams in windshields, could soon be digitizing public life. This results in a variety of opportunities as well as risks with great potential for conflict for our society. Interesting application areas of Smart Cams are for example occupational activities and vocational training.
The most significant risks, however, arise in the case of a broad use in public spaces, which leads to an intrusion into our personal rights by for instance usually unnoticed video and/or audio recordings.
Public spaces (market squares, parking lots, pedestrian zones, festivals, campuses, sporting contests, public transportation etc.) are likely to turn into audibly and visually observed areas with the further use and linking of the collected data being unforeseeable for the persons concerned.

CHARISMA is going to evaluate regulatory requirements by taking into account constitutional requirements and the technological scope of design, and also give regulatory recommendations for a socially acceptable way of controlling the risks of the public use of “Smart Cams”. To achieve this goal, a team of computer scientists, constitutional lawyers, IT lawyers and sociological researchers are working together interdisciplinary. Cooperation partners in this project are the Institute of Law and the Institute of Social Sciences at the University of Oldenburg as well as the OFFIS Group Interactive Systems.
The project is funded for two years by the BMBF within the scope of "Innovations and Technology analysis".


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External Leader

Dr. Wilko Heuten
Nummernschilder für Drohnen

Thorsten Euler and Vanessa Cobus and Marion Koelle; Datenschutz und Datensicherheit; 2017

Respektvolle tragbare Kameras?

Marion Koelle and Yvonne Brück and Vanessa Cobus and Wilko Heuten and Susanne Boll; Datenschutz und Datensicherheit; 2017

Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg, Fakultät Informatik, Wirtschafts- und Rechtswissenschaften, Department für Wirtschafts- und Rechtswissenschaften, Abteilung Bürgerliches Recht, Handels- und Wirtschaftsrecht sowie Rechtsinformatik
Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg, Fakultät Bildungs- und Sozialwissenschaften, Institut für Sozialwissenschaften, Politisches System Deutschlands


Start: 01.08.2015
End: 31.07.2017

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FKZ: 16I1665