Gerard Ritsema van Eck

Hello world. I'm an assistant professor at the IT-law department of the University of Groningen. My research focuses on participatory surveillance, privacy, and data protection issues in public spaces. For more information contact me at g.j.ritsema.van.eck[at]step-rug.nl, gerard.rve[at]protonmail.com, twitter.com/Gerard_RvE, my staff page at the University of Groningen, or my ORCiD.

Publications

Privacy and Participation in Public: Data protection issues of crowdsourced surveillance (PhD thesis)
2021, to be defended at the University of Groningen on September 16th. Physical and digital copies available at request.

Commentary: A Republican and Collective Approach to the Privacy and Surveillance Issues of Bodycams
2020, with Lotte Houwing. In Bryce Clatyon Newell (ed) Police on Camera: Surveillance, Privacy and Police Accountability (Routledge). Order at Routledge.

Police bodycams as sousveillance tools? Reflections on the debate in the Netherlands
2020, with Lotte Houwing. 18(2) Surveillance & Society 284-287. Abstract, full text.

Capturing license plates: police-citizen interaction apps from an EU data protection perspective
2020, with Jonida Milaj. 34(1) International Review of Law, Computers & Technology 1-21. Abstract, full text.

Mapmaking in “Smart Cities” and the Role of Group Data Protection Rights in Data Protection Impact Assessments
2019, in Angela Daly, S. Kate Devitt and Monique Mann (eds), Good Data 298-316 (Institute of Network Cultures). Abstract, full text.

Mobile devices as stigmatizing security sensors: the GDPR and a future of crowdsourced ‘broken windows’
2018, with Oskar Josef Gstrein. 8(1) International Data Privacy Law 69-85. Abstract, full text.

Emergency calls with a photo attached: The effects of urging citizens to use their smartphones for surveillance
2018, in Bryce Clayton Newell, Tjerk Timan and Bert-Jaap Koops (eds), Surveillance, Privacy and Public Space 157-178 (in Kirstie Ball, William Webster and Charles Raab (eds) Routledge Studies in Surveillance, Routledge). Abstract, full text.

Presentations

The GSR and the GDPR: A tangled web
2021, with Nynke Vellinga at the BILETA conference organized by the University of Newcastle, United Kingdom.

Privacy and Participation in Public: Data protection issues of crowdsourced surveillance
2021, as part of the advanced seminars in jurisprudence series at The Swedish Law and Informatics Research Institute of the University of Stockholm.

Capturing license plates: police-citizen interaction apps from an EU data protection perspective
2019, with Jonida Milaj at the TiLTing Perspectives conference in Tilburg, the Netherlands. Slides & abstract.

"I've got a list of names and yours is in red, underlined": Taylor Swift's 'reputation' album and the culture of surveillance
2019, GiKII session at the TiLTing Perspectives conference in Tilburg, the Netherlands. Slides & abstract.

Mapmaking in Smart Cities in the context of Good Data
2019, as part of the Good Data book launch at the Institute of Network Cultures in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Slides & abstract.

Presentation on legal issues surrounding participatory surveillance apps
2018, invited talk at the Groninger Juristen Congres in Groningen, The Netherlands. Slides & abstract.

Participatory Mapmaking
2018, contribution to the panel "Boundaries of Sharing — Participatory Surveillance in Data-driven Societies" at the Surveillance Studies Network Conference in Aarhus, Denmark. Slides and abstract.

Mapmaking in Smart Cities and the Role of Group Data Protection Rights in DPIAs
2018, Surveillance Studies Network Conference in Aarhus, Denmark. Slides and abstract.

How mobile personal safety technologies are restructuring privacy in public
2017, TiLTing Perspectives conference in Tilburg, the Netherlands. Slides and abstract.

Mobile devices as stigmatizing security sensors
2017, Sensor Publics: A Workshop on the Politics of Sensing and Data Infrastructures in Munich, Germany. Slides & abstract.

Sinopticon: Emergency Calls with a photo attached
2015, Cyberspace conference in Brno, Czech Republic. Slides & abstract.

Privacy and dignity implications of the use of automated surveillance and behavioural profiling in airports
2014, Cyberspace conference in Brno, Czech Republic. Slides.

Reports/miscellaneous

Waar surveilleert de politie en waarom?
2020, in Rosalie Koolhoven & Ariska Bonnema (eds) Superdillema's (University of Groningen, presented to all Dutch primary schools on the International Day of Peace). Full text.

Decision Support Tool
2015, with Aaron Ceross. Part of RESPECT deliverable 15.2 (confidential).

Model Law: 'Surveillance Systems Safeguards Directive’
2015, with Jeanne Pia Mifsud Bonnice. Part of RESPECT deliverable 15.2 (confidential).

Toolkit
2014, with Jeanne Pia Mifsud Bonnici and Joseph Cannataci. SMART deliverable 12.3 (confidential).

Press

4 February 2021, Thereza Langeler, 'Meer camera's in de binnenstad van Groningen? Geen goed idee, zegt deze RUG-expert: 'Waar houdt het dan op?'' Dagblad van het Noorden https://www.dvhn.nl/groningen/Meer-cameras-in-de-binnenstad-van-Groningen-Geen-goed-idee-zegt-deze-RUG-expert-Waar-houdt-het-dan-op-26473631.html.

4 December 2020, Guest on the In Casu podcast by the JFV, discussing the Netflix-documentary 'The Social Dilemma' https://open.spotify.com/episode/7axO3wCD8jBM4dX0rcRFzv?si=xoNposPrTwKyswFDAYvUvw.

29 July 2020, 'Dierenambulancemedewerkers willen bodycam: "Bedreigd en geïntimideerd"' RTL Nieuws https://www.rtlnieuws.nl/editienl/artikel/5174117/dierenambulance-ronde-venen-amstelland-bodycam-bedreigd (video also broadcasted as part of EditieNL on RTL4 on the same date).

21 July 2020, Nienke Zoetbrood, ‘Onder de radar leven, kan dat wel in Nederland?’ Vrij Nederland p. 110-119 https://www.vn.nl/onder-de-radar-leven-nederland/.

14 March 2020, Maaike Borst, 'Veiligheid in tijden van camera's: "We denken er niet eens meer over na"' Dagblad van het Noorden p. 16-19 https://www.dvhn.nl/groningen/Veiligheid-in-tijden-van-cameras-25348050.html.

9 November 2019, Wilmer Heck, ‘Pokémon-app van de politie komt er niet’ NRC Handelsblad p. 13 https://www.nrc.nl/nieuws/2019/11/08/pokemon-app-van-de-politie-komt-er-niet-a3979662.

16 August 2019, Nienke Zoetbrood, 'De bodycam maakt een opmars bij de politie, maar werken die extra ogen op het uniform wel?' Volkskrant https://www.volkskrant.nl/wetenschap/de-bodycam-maakt-een-opmars-bij-de-politie-maar-werken-die-extra-ogen-op-het-uniform-wel~b779e362/.

29 April 2019, Thereza Langeler, 'De politie krijgt meer bodycams, maar hoe zit het dan met de privacy?' Dagblad van het Noorden https://www.dvhn.nl/groningen/De-politie-krijgt-meer-bodycams-maar-hoe-zit-het-dan-met-de-privacy-24406239.html.

11 January 2018, Maaike Borst, 'Docent wil meer waardering voor onderwijs aan de RUG: "De gewone student verpietert"' Dagblad van het Noorden https://www.dvhn.nl/groningen/Docent-wil-meer-waardering-voor-onderwijs-aan-de-RUG-%E2%80%98De-gewone-student-verpietert%E2%80%99-22810281.html.