It is obvious that such a system as FORENSOR will have considerable impacts on societal values such as the right to privacy; therefore, the Research Group on Law, Science, Technology & Society (LSTS) from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) is assessing the potential impacts of FORENSOR on the relevant societal concerns throughout the project. During the first months a think tank of LSTS, the Brussels Laboratory for Data Protection & Privacy Impact Assessments developed an innovative, tailored-down impact assessment method called the DaPPECL approach and assisted the consortium to address the potential impacts on not only privacy but on other relevant aspects as well. The DaPPECL impact assessment aids the consortium throughout the entire duration of the project and draws the attention of the partners to the possible impacts of FORENSOR on the protection of personal data, privacy, ethical considerations and various aspects of criminal admissibility and their treatment thereof.
The continuous interaction with all partners, through questionnaires, bilateral and group meetings, teleconferences, etc., led to the identification and assessment of possible adverse impacts on the mentioned societal concerns, thus their adequate treatment was possible months before the first real-life tests (pilots) occurred. Thus, the protection of privacy, personal data and other values are built in the core design of FORENSOR. The DaPPECL approach contributes to the development of a legally and ethically sound system which fosters evidence gathering and protects various social values in the same time.