The manual contains a comprehensive list of all Austrian laws that are connected to surveillance, a review of the relevant court rulings, a survey of the technologies actually used by the authorities, as well as a catalogue of criteria for the scientific evaluation of surveillance laws. The goal is to examine laws that violate basic rights already during their development. They should be tested for their compatibility with the constitution early in this development process, with special focus on their effects on the society as a whole.
Our lawyer Angelika Adensamer and our fundraiser Tanja Mally not only received funding by netidee but also earned the Martin Prager award for integration.
Marlene Kreil, who also worked on HEAT 2.0, has composed also a status update in order to explain why we need a new version of HEAT and what we are planning for the new comprehensive sum of surveillance.
[Update January 2019]
Marlene Kreil provides another status update about the development of HEAT 2.0. In it, she explains in layman's terms what basic rights are, why we need them, and what all this has to do with surveillance.
What is the purpose of HEAT?
- As basis and motivation for the evaluation of all anti terror laws in Austria (and beyond)
- As support for the civil society and politics to achieve a fact based and proportionate security policy.
- In order to demand justification from the legislative for any laws that violate basic rights.
- As contribution for a well-founded and effective legislative process
State Protection Act: HEAT put to use
HEAT has already been used successfully during the development of the PStSG. It proved to be especially valuable when composing the complaint at the Austrian Constitutional Court (of the Green Party and the Liberal Party)
HEAT is a living document. In the upcoming months, the content for selected cases and target groups will be reprocessed and improved. The catalogue of criteria will be refined as well. But first and foremost we want to establish a dialogue with the different stakeholders in politics, civil society, and administration. The manual is not intended as a purely theoretical work: It needs to be applied.
HEAT was created under the scientific lead of Christof Tschohl. The team consisted of lawyers, engineers, and social scientists. A lot of support was provided by many volunteers who carried out research tasks, lectorate, and graphic design of the content. The project could not have been realised without the “netidee” of the non-profit Internet Foundation Austria (IPA) and the many private donations to AKVorrat.