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KORSE @ HIIG – the Internet and civil security in Europe

The research project Network of Excellence for the Law of Civil Security in Europe (KORSE) has been funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. At the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG), the KORSE research focused on civil security issues on the internet and shed light in particular on the following subjects:

Network and Information Security

Network and Information Security (NIS) crucially depends on information sharing. The relevant private and public actors may be reluctant to cooperate and share information, since they are bound by data protection and trade secret regulation. The study examined the actual and potential data flows influenced by new NIS law and the NIS cooperation network among European states.

The assurance of security online

The assurance of security online is usually in tension with fundamental rights but at the same time a necessary precondition for their effective use. While national constitutional orders offer different concepts to stress the latter, the phenomenon is relatively new to EU constitutional law. The project asked to what extent these national solutions can stand as a model for corresponding European concepts and how these concepts affect the aims of ensuring security on the internet as well as through it.

Questions of data collection

Data collection gains importance as life becomes increasingly digitalised. Personal data is collected widely, especially by private companies. As a consequence, law enforcement authorities’ options and conditions to access this data are increasingly under suspicion to be outdated and disproportionate. The research project examined these rules and practices with regard to German and European fundamental rights law.

Challenges for criminal law in cyper space

The shift of criminal acts to cyberspace challenges substantive criminal law. The Treaty of Lisbon permitted the EU to adopt minimum rules for particularly serious crimes that have a cross-border dimension like computer crime. This term however remains unclear. Therefore, the study aimed to develop a clear limitation of the EU’s harmonisation competences.

Laufzeit09/2013 – 07/2016
FördererFederal Ministry of Education and Research

Former employees

Lectures and presentations

Online financial crimes and fraud committed with electronic means of payment
Specific legal challenges related to credit card fraud. European Academy of Law (ERA). Centro de Estudios Jurídicos, Madrid, Madrid, Spain: 24.05.2016

Adrian Haase

Ubiquitous computing and increasing engagement of private companies in governmental surveillance
7th Biennial SURVEILLANCE & SOCIETY CONFERENCE: “Power, performance and trust”. Surveillance Studies Network (SSN). University Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain: 22.04.2016

Adrian Haase

Vorratsdatenspeicherung und das Unionsgrundrecht auf Sicherheit: Öffnet der EuGH die Büchse der Pandora?
Recht der zivilen Sicherheit (Session: Rechtsvergleichende Untersuchungen auf europäischer / internationaler Ebene). Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung. Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany: 05.12.2014

Sebastian Leuschner