Intelligent, automated methods of investigation for the purpose of future-oriented criminal prosecution – interactions between law and ethics, forensics and technology, environment and society


Our lives are shaped to an increasing extent by information technologies and floods of data. In view of these developments, the federal law enforcement authorities likewise see themselves faced with new challenges; in many cases, investigations are no longer possible at all without technology-supported or automated processes. The new Ladenburg Roundtable pursues several aims: Innovative processes for the utilization of personal data are to be developed, and the associated functional, legal, ethical, and sociological requirements and limitations explored.

If the work of the authorities is made more effective through the implementation of intelligent and automated methods of investigation, the potential of personal data can be put to the best possible use for law enforcement authorities. In this connection, it is essential to further develop existing methods while maintaining ethical standards, or to devise entirely new processes that preserve fundamental rights. In addition, practical possibilities for implementation on the part of the investigative authorities as well as technical and functional requirements and limitations in relation to the process itself must be taken into account. The participants in the Ladenburg Roundtable will endeavor to find appropriate solutions – despite tensions that will inevitably arise due to the differing interests of the parties involved.