March 2007
The official newsletter of ASIS International in Europe
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Welcome to the 32nd edition of Eurodynamics! The ASIS International European Bureau would like to encourage you to submit any updates or articles you wish to share with the ASIS International members in Europe!

Copy deadlines for the next issues have been fixed at the third Monday of every month. The deadline for the next issue is 16 April 2007.


 Get Ready for Berlin!          

Security Management – The Way Forward will feature 44 high-level educational sessions. High quality presentations developed by and for security professionals will cover the entire spectrum of security topics ranging from supply chain security and maritime piracy to terrorism prevention and executive protection. It will be a unique opportunity to connect with both public and private sector leaders from around the globe and to discover how they are confronting today’s security challenges. 

Already 450 security professionals, corporate executives, consultants, and law enforcement officials from 50 countries have registered.

  Five high-level keynote speakers will address the participants:

• Mr Otto Schily, MdB - former German Federal Minister of the Interior from 1998 – 2005
• Brigadier Ian Abbott, OBE  - The UKs Deputy Permanent Military Representative to the EU
• Mr Robert Benninga - A leading authority in the field of Human Peak performance and Change Management
• Mr. Joerg Ziercke - President of Germany’s Federal Law Enforcement agency (Bundeskrimalamt)
• Mr. Wim Philippa - Secretary General of the European Roundtable of Industrialists (ERT), Winner of the ASIS International European Person of the Year 2007 Award

This year’s conference has been made possible through the sponsorship of Honeywell, Entelec, Tyco Fire & Security, Segway, DHL, Vance, Nedap, ASI Europe. Group 4 Securicor will provide the onsite security.

New this year is a dedicated session on the benefits of professional certification for which over 100 delegates have registered. Delegates will also attend networking events such as the SRVP Welcome Reception at the InterContinental Hotel, as well as the President’s Reception at the Museum of Communication. The conference will conclude on Wednesday 28 March with the European Person of the Year 2007 award ceremony.

Register now, go to

Eurowatch: EU May Postpone Hand Luggage Size Restrictions    

The European Union could postpone putting in place new rules on the maximum size of hand luggage allowed on board of air planes. The new rules should have been implemented across the bloc in early April, but airline companies have asked for more time to prepare the changes, reports Swedish news agency TT.

The European Commission is considering delaying the moment when the security law will come into effect, European Commission spokesman Michele Cercone told EUobserver. "But it's not official yet," he added. If delayed, he said, it could be another six months or maybe even more before passengers would have to make sure that their hand luggage fits EU regulation.

Bagpack in x-ray

The maximum size of hand luggage that will be allowed beyond check-in, will then be 56 x 45 x 25 centimetres for airlines within the EU.

The rules were hammered out in late September in reaction to an alleged terrorist plot in the UK to blow up transatlantic airlines in mid-air using explosives disguised in liquid form.

Restriction of liquids allowed on board - which have already come into effect - are also part of the security measures.  The liquids restriction introduced on 6 November last year limits passengers to carrying 100 millilitres of liquids onto aircraft in a sealed plastic bag.

The measures do not apply to passengers from outside the 27-member union, but if they are transiting to an intra-EU flight at a European airport, they still need to hand in their liquids if these do not fit the regulation.

The inconsistency means passengers travelling from Singapore into Frankfurt are allowed to carry on their duty-free liquids, while their fellow travellers transiting on to Ljubljana, for example, will have their perfumes or whisky confiscated in Frankfurt.

Frankfurt International airport has already confiscated 300 tonnes of duty free liquids in the last four months.

The issue will be raised by European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso at the EU-US summit next month, according to Irish RTE News.

Last month, the EU transport commissioner Jaques Barrot signalled that he would like to extend the EU's restrictions on liquids beyond its borders to help European duty-free companies compete on a more even basis.


Eurowatch: RFID Raises Privacy Concerns 

Radio frequency identification (RFID) chips are small and relatively low-cost circuits capable of communicating with a fixed or portable device called a reader, which is linked to special middleware (computing hardware and software). In order to do so, an antenna, usually made of tin foil, must be attached to the silicone chip. Chip and antenna together are referred to as RFID tags or transponders. RFID tags can be attached to consumer goods, packaging, and other items or implanted into animals and even humans.

Passive RFID tags are being used by the millions in stores, where they facilitate supply-chain management, storage, stocktaking, theft protection, encashing, recycling, and waste disposal. They are being employed in some airports' baggage retrieval systems, and chips are also embedded in electronic documents such as the e-passport, which is being introduced throughout the European Union (EU), as a result of Council Regulation No 2252/2004.

In 2005, 600 million RFID tags were sold. Research by Commission Services predicts that the value of the market, including hardware, systems, and services, may increase by a factor of 10 between 2006 and 2016. The sheer number of tags delivered in 2016 is predicted to be more than 450 times the number delivered in 2006.

But data protection advocates, consumer advocates, and non-government organisations (NGOs) are concerned over the privacy implications of a widespread introduction of RFID. In brief, the concerns voiced by the Article 29 Group of data protection commissioners are:

• RFID could be used to collect personal data. For example, retailers could tie a client's personal data, such as a credit card number, to an RFID tag embedded in an item they sell. Individuals could then be identified when they revisit a store and their movements could be monitored.
• Personal data could be stored on RFID chips. This could occur with RFID-based ticketing systems for public transport, for example, where itineraries chosen by an individual could, together with exact times, be stored on a card or on computers. 
• RFID could be used to track individuals. Shops could, for example, hand out tokens with embedded RFID that allow for certain advantages or can be used for activating trolleys. Using readers distributed throughout the shop and more RFID embedded in consumer goods, the shop would be able to track the customer's purchasing habits. 
• RFID items could reveal personal data. When data stored on RFID-enabled items (such as travel documents, credit cards, banknotes, or medicines) is not effectively encrypted, anyone with a reader and sufficient knowledge could invade the privacy of a person carrying those items. 

To guard against these threats, it has been suggested that embedded RFIDs should have a “deactivation” or “kill” option, according to For items such as documents, strict respect of privacy rules is key. In both cases, people must be informed that items they may be carrying contain RFID tags and be made aware of the locations of devices that can read them. 

"We need to build a society-wide consensus on the future of RFID. We need to ensure that RFID technology delivers on its economic potential and to create the right opportunities for its use for the wider public good, while ensuring that citizens remain in control of their data," said Information Society and Media Commissioner Viviane Reding, a keen promoter of RFID technology, in July 2006 at the launch of the public consultation on RFID policy.

According to, after the October 2006 consultation, Reding added: "The overriding message that comes out of the consultation is that citizens have concerns over privacy issues. The large majority are willing to be convinced that RFID can bring benefits but they want to be reassured that it will not compromise their privacy. This is the deal that we have to strike if we want RFID to be accepted and widely taken up. This is the deal I am looking to make."

That might be difficult, however. Gérald Santucci, head of unit "ICT for enterprise networking" in DG Information Society said at the 2006 RFID Conference that RFID no doubt had "a bad reputation in Europe," reported. He partly blamed the industry for not respecting consumers' and citizens' perspectives and urged "a dialogue to build trust."

The 2007 EU RFID Forum took place 13-14 March in Brussels.

For more information:

European Union

• Commissioner Viviane Reding (speech): RFID: Why we need a European policy (16 October 2006)
• Commission (Working Document) EU - Passport specification (28 June 2006)
• Article 29 Data Protection Working Party: Working document on data protection issues related to RFID technology  (January 19, 2005)
• European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies: Opinion on ethical aspects of ICT implants in the human body, Summary (16 March 2005)
• Marten van de Voort and Andreas Ligtvoet for DG Information Society: Towards an RFID Policy for Europe (Final Workshop Report, 31 August 2006)
• DG Information Society: EU RFID Forum 2007
• Commission (Memo): Radio Frequency Identification Devices (RFID): Frequently Asked Questions on the Commission’s Public Consultation (16 October 2006)
• DG Information Society: EU RFID Forum 2006 Programme and Presentations, streaming video
• DG Information Society: Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Devices (Portal)
• DG Information Society: Online Public Consultation - Preliminary Overview of the Results
• DG Information Society: Radio Spectrum Policy (Portal)
• DG Information Society: Policy framework papers "From RFID to the Internet of Things" (6 - 7 March 2006), "RFID Application Domains and Emerging Trends"  (15-16 May 2006), "RFID Security, Data Protection & Privacy, Health and Safety Issues" (16-17 May 2006), "Interoperability, standardization, governance, and Intellectual Property Rights (1 June)" (1 June 2006).


• US Federal Trade Commission: Radio Frequency IDentification: Applications and Implications for Consumers (March 2005)
• Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik (German Federal Office for Information Security - BSI): Security Aspects and Prospective Applications of RFID Systems (October 2004)


• BEUC (European Consumers' Organisation): "Consumer concerns on potential harmful applications around RFID" (May 2006)
• Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue: Resolution on RFID (May 2005)
• European Digital Rights (EDRI): Issues - RFID
• Electronic Frontier Foundation: Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)
• FOEBUD e.V.: Stop RFID


 ASIS, A View from the Inside    

By Andrew Greenfield
Managing Editor,

In an occasional series, we talk to Peter French, Managing Director of Security Recruitment Firm SSR Personnel Services Ltd and ASIS Senior Regional Vice President (Europe).

Peter French, charismatic MD of one of the industry’s largest recruitment firms; driven, focussed and above all, extremely passionate about the security profession. Our profession.
Peter entered the security industry at a young age, almost by accident. Born in the late 50’s/early 60’s (although reluctant to say exactly when), Peter entered the retail trade and was a store manager responsible for around 50 staff, whilst still a teenager.

He saw at first hand the effects of thefts from the store by members of the public and staff and knew that something needed to be done.

He was instrumental in selecting and employing store detectives and security staff in his domain and began to take an active role, standing as a store detective himself and subsequently apprehending offenders and seeing things through to a natural conclusion via giving evidence in court.

Peter then caught the bug and was hooked on the security industry, from thereon in, looking into reasons why people would want to steal and the outside factors driving the thieves.

In the early 90’s, keen to share his ideas and experiences with likeminded professionals, Peter joined a security association, ...

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UK Chapter Sponsored  Study on Security Management Now Available 

UK Chapter 208 was pleased to be part sponser of Corporate Security's Professional Project: An Examination of the Modern Condition of Corporate Security Management, and the Potential for Further Professionalisation of the Occupation.

This relevant study by Anthony McGee in an effort to highlight the difficulties faced by the security professional in the development of a strategic business matrix , due in part to intransigence and under investment in the formal education of many in the sector.  ASIS would like to stimulate debate from countries as to whither we all have similar experiences.

Anthony graduated from Hull University in 2004 before working as a research assistant to the Rt. Hon. Bruce George MP. For the past year he has worked on a research project based at the UK Defence Academy and jointly funded by Cranfield University, the Risk and Security Management Forum, The Company of Security Professionals , The Security Institute and ASIS Chapter 208.

Go to the ASIS European website to download the study.

Czech Chapter Organises 4th International Scientific Conference on Security Management 

The ASIS Czech Republic Chapter invite you to the 4th International Scientific Conference on Security Management, which shall traditionally be held at the Police Academy of the Czech Republic in Prague with cooperation of ASIS Czech Chapter. The Conference takes place on 10 April 2007 and is held under the auspices and active participation of the Minister of Interior of the Czech Republic, Ivan Langer, MD.  

The overall theme of the conference is terrorism. The topics are: 

1. Crisis Management / Business Continuity Planning
2. Agent-Instigator / Fight against Corruption and the Related Issues of Employee Crime
3. Counterfeits and the Protection of Intellectual Property
4. The Quality of the Private Security Services Market versus the Regulation of the Market
5. Information Security

Registration fee for ASIS member is 50 EUR. For registration please contact More information on


Chapter Events 


10 May 2007 - AGM and spring conference (morning) and visit to Safety & Security 2007, Amsterdam afternoon)
21 June 2007 - ASIS International Professional Development Programme on Executive Protection
11 september 2007 - Afternoon meeting and company visit in The Netherlands
16 november 2007 - Autumn conference in Belgium (entire day)

Czech Republic

28 March 2007
10 April - 4th Annual International Conference on Security Management
30 May 2007 - meeting
27 June 2007 - meeting
29 August 2007
26 September 2007 - meeting
31 October 2007
28 November 2007-Meeting, elections


29 March 2007 - Whole day meeting - no subject yet
7 June 2007 - Half day meeting - networking
23 August 2007 - Whole day meeting - no subject yet
24-27 September 2007 - Odense Fair (Safety & Security). ASIS DK exhibition
26 September 2007 - Half day meeting in connection with the fair - networking
29 November 2007 - Whole day meeting - no subject yet
? December 2007 Half day meeting - networking - Christmas Lunch


May - Seminar on regional alarm control centre (Kerava)


11 May 2007 
6 July 2007
28 September 2007
7 December 2007


25-28 March 2007 - ASIS International 6th Annual European Security Conference 

11 April 2007 - ASIS President's address, Tiger Kidnapping, Letter Bombs, Berlin Conference De-brief
21 June 2007 - Annual Golf Classic
5 September 2007 - Racism, Logistics
7 November 2007 - Human Resources / Security, Update from the Private Security Authority (PSA), Dublin City University (DCU) – CCTV developments
7 December 2007 - AGM


30 May 2007 - Membership Spring Meeting (host to be announced)


March - Board of Directors meeting
May - Security conference and chapter meeting
September: -Security conference and chapter meeting
October - 2nd National security meeting Barcelona
November, CPP exam.
November, Chapter meeting, elections Board of Directors of ASIS, Spanish Chapter


6 June 2007
5 September 2007
7 November 2007

United Kingdom

28 June 2007 - Summer Seminar
20 September 2007 - Autumn Seminar
16 November 2007 -  AGM and Seminar

For more events, go to the agenda on the ASIS European website



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Ten reasons you benefit from becoming an ASIS International member:

- Unrivalled networking opportunities with more than 34,000 of your industry peers.
- Up-to-date information, including industry best practices, new technologies, and emerging trends.
- Complimentary subscription to Security Management magazine, the leading security industry publication.
- Opportunities to build a professional reputation and credentials.
- Tailored professional development programs to fit your specific career goals.
- Advocacy of the security industry to the government and business communities.
- Board-certified, professional designations.
- Members-only access to new career opportunities in security management.
- Access to more than 300 peer-reviewed, security-related publications.
- Discounts on program and Seminar registration, merchandise, and certification programs.

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 New Chapters: Call for Volunteers

ASIS International is looking for volunteers to help form new chapters in Romania, the Baltic States and other European countries in which no chapter has been established yet. For more information, please contact the European Bureau or click here to download the procedures on forming a new chapter.




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