Horizon Europe: Civil Security for Society

Online identity theft is countered

Frist: 23. November 2021

Research is needed to develop new technological means of detecting deepfakes in support of the work of Police Authorities, as it may only be a matter of time before deepfakes are used more often in online identity theft cases. Additionally, deepfakes can have serious implications for Police Authorities, since it might complicate investigations and raise questions about the authenticity of evidence collected. Projects’ results are expected to contribute to some or all of the following outcomes:

  • European Police Authorities are provided with modern, innovative and validated tools and training curricula, which take into account legal and ethical rules of operation as well as fundamental rights such as privacy and protection of personal data to prevent, detect and investigate online identity theft, and lawfully collect crime evidence across borders for its use in court proceedings.
  • Strengthened ability of security practitioners to identify (new forms of) online identity theft at an early stage thanks to improved knowledge on the modus operandi and new trends in identity theft, including but not limited to deepfakes, and innovative solutions for Police Authorities to tackle them in lawful manner;
  • Improved understanding on the societal aspects and impacts of identity theft, as well as on the key challenges related to it;
  • Enhanced perception by the citizens that Europe is an area of freedom, justice and security thanks to innovative awareness-raising campaigns explaining to citizens the key and evolving mechanisms of identity theft and how to protect against them;
  • Improved shaping and implementation of regulation related to the fight against identity theft by security policy-makers.

This call has a budget of EUR 6 million and can support projects with up to EUR 3 million.

Call ID: HORIZON-CL3-2021-FCT-01-12

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Horizon Europe: Civil security for society’s aim is to support the implementation of EU policy priorities relating to security, including cybersecurity, and disaster risk reduction and resilience. There are six specific areas of impact within this cluster:

  • Better protect the EU and its citizens against Crime and Terrorism.
  • Effective management of EU external borders
  • Resilient infrastructure
  • Increased Cybersecurity
  • A Disaster-Resilient Society for Europe
  • Strengthened Security Research and Innovation
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