Snapshot1Due to the use of optical sensors and the intense user integration, FEARLESS will respect the end users privacy and concerns at any time. Furthermore, all recommendations and laws covering privacy protection on national and European level will be taken into consideration. Psychologists from the University of Bamberg will study the ethical and practical implications of FEARLESS as well as possible side and long-term effects over the whole project duration, thus ensuring a focus on ethical and legal issues.

Snapshot2Nevertheless, the main ethical issue will be the detection of incidents which needs to be addressed explicitly. As FEARLESS detects incidents in real-time, no data has to be stored in general. However, if an incident occurred, the system will make a snapshot of the scene totally anonymous so no personal information (e.g. face, furnishing,…) is visible at all. This snapshot will then be provided to the operator to afford proper actions are taken. Of course, at no time it will be possible for anybody to access any other images than the anonymous ones.

Snapshot3To ensure, that end users are fully in charge over FEARLESS, it will be built in a fashion that a discernible signal will clearly indicate when the sensor is active. This feature will be implemented on a very low level, so it could not be deactivated. At any time, the system can be disabled by the end user easily. This can be verified by sensor signal introduced earlier. This signal could at the same time: help to dispel fears of surveillance; respect ethical and legal concerns; and give feedback to the person in trouble that the emergency has been recognized and help is underway.