Freedom of Information
Freedom on Information legislation in EU member states, as well as on the EU level, is one of the tools that will help us learn more about iBorderCtrl. The iBorderCtrl consortium and the European Commission will do their best to frustrate this, as the responses to the requests on this page will increasingly show. But usually rejections can be challenged in court, and we predict that in the end Europeans will have a better picture of what's actually going on behind the scenes.
Case 1: Coluccini vs. European Commission
On 2 November 2018, Italian journalist Riccardo Coluccini asks for the “project Deliverables” documents listed on the iBorderCtrl website. On 17 December, the European Commission rejects most documents, releasing only a few technical ones, with lots of pages entirely blacked out. Most notably, all documents relating to ethics questions surrounding iBorderCtrl are rejected in full. Coluccini asks for a revision of the decision.
Case 2: Wilde vs. Manchester Metropolitan University
On 22 January 2019, Vera Wilde asks for documents describing the relationships between MMU and Silent Talker / European Dynamics / iBorderCtrl, as well as James O'Shea's PhD thesis.