Events Calendar

Thursday 22 September 2016 17:00 - 18:30
  • EW
public debate

Turning banks into cops?
Private actors in the frontline of security


Increasingly, private actors such as banks (are being forced to) take on responsibility when it comes to making security decisions. This public debate starts with this observation and assesses the consequences of 'turning banks into cops'.

In recent years, security authorities on both sides of the Atlantic have increasingly sought access to commercial data of banks, social media and airlines. This involves new forms of data-exchange, not just between the EU and the US, but also between private and public spheres. Effectively, security authorities are asking private actors (such as banks) to make complex security decisions. What does it mean if banks take on these new roles? What are their responsibilities and challenges, and what obligations do they have toward banking clients? Are we turning banks into cops?


  • Liat Shetret, Global Center on Cooperative Security
  • Nathanael Ali, Erasmus Law School
  • Lia van Broekhoven, Human Security Collective
  • Michelle Frasher, Fulbright-Schuman Scholar
  • Rocco Bellanova, Peace Research Institute Oslo

The workshop is co-organized by the Amsterdam Centre for Law and Governance (ACELG) and represents the launch of Europe and the World Theme Leader Marieke de Goede's ERC-funded project FOLLOW: Following The Money From Transaction to Trial (ERC-2015-CoG 682317 – FOLLOW).


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