facebook feed fist header movement-text refugee-movement-text twitter youtube
Lager Mobilization – Wedding / LMNB - Lager Mobilisation Network Berlin / Media Watch

BigBrotherAward 2018, category “Administration”: CEVISIO Software und Systeme GmbH

[This is a REPOST of the text published during the BigBrotherAward 2018; HERE you can read the original text in German, or watch the VIDEO of the award ceremony. /// Das ist ein Repost des Textes, der im Rahmen der BigBrotherAward 2018 veröffentlicht wurde; hier könnt ihr den Originaltext in deutscher Sprache lesen, oder euch das Video der Preisverleihung anschauen]

The BigBrotherAward 2018 in the category “Administration” goes to “Cevisio Software und Systeme GmbH” from Torgau, Bavaria, Germany for their software “Cevisio QMM” (neighbourhood management), which was developed in cooperation with the German Red Cross especially for refugee accommodation. With this software, movements to and on the premises, food expenses, medical checks such as X-ray, blood and stool examinations, kinship, religious and national affiliations and much more are recorded and stored. The data allow total control of the refugees and clearly show on how many levels privacy can be violated.

The software is not only prize-worthy because of the possible data protection violations it may cause, but above all because of the human image behind it. Refugees are people, not things. They do not lie on a shelf for later collection and use, they are not prisoners and do not require close observation. They seek protection with us and have rights – human rights and fundamental rights that are not worth mentioning to Cevisio.

When many refugees came to Germany in 2015, the authorities were in chaos. The collection of data and the organisation of accommodation and care posed great challenges for those involved. The medium-sized company Cevisio developed the solution together with the German Red Cross Regional Association of Saxony. The company advertises its software on its homepage by using it in over 280 recording facilities. In total, “more than 380,000 refugees are already being administered.”

According to this, the Cevisio neighborhood management software collects data about all these people. An identification card with an RFID chip or barcode forms the basis for the recording. With this card, the residents move around in their accommodation and – according to the software makers’ plan – hold them in front of a reader in various places: at the entrance and exit, at the food counter, at the laundry when they receive pocket money, when renting books or video films, during medical examinations or during voluntary work.

These so-called “actions” recorded in the accommodations are managed by the software via interfaces together with the data of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees – the BAMF – and with the files of the immigration authorities. Among other things, information on existing pregnancies, related persons, medical data with “initial and follow-up examinations including findings” is recorded. We also guarantee the recording of “all documents”. The software thus enables not only the “administration” but also the (quote) “accounting of the refugees”. It allows “the recording of all data on the asylum procedure, such as EASY optimisation and BAMF data”.

That’s total control. Daily routines, habits, contacts, relatives, state of health, asylum status – all in one place. Linked and evaluable.

Some things certainly make sense, e.g. information on allergies, or whether special Ramadan food is desired. However, the Cevisio software goes much further: The functional scope brochure refers, for example, to the “recording of all meals served to one person” and “note in the case of multiple serving of a meal to one person”. What do you need it for?

Is it necessary to meticulously record and store every movement into or out of the house? Yes, says the said brochure (quote): “The integrated attendance overview always shows up-to-the-second which refugees and helpers/employees are currently in an accommodation. In addition to a pure control function, this overview is indispensable, especially in the event of a disaster (fire, etc.)”.

“Indispensable!” It seems almost strange that hundreds of thousands of schools, department stores or youth hostels still manage without such an up-to-the-second overview. Are they all irresponsible?

No, this is life. Including a certain life risk. Cevisio’s data collection, on the other hand, is a wet dream for surveillance fanatics. We see here no empathy with people who have also fled to Germany for a life in freedom.

Perhaps it is pragmatism according to the motto “nobody is interested” if the word “data protection” does not appear once in the 15-page system presentation. Technical data security precautions are concealed behind the term “administration”. I could not find any functionalities for the rights of those concerned, e.g. for the provision of information or transparency for the refugees.

There are also shortcomings in practice: In her current annual report1, the data protection officer in Bremen expresses “considerable data protection concerns”. Storage periods were far too long. It was not clear to her why every serving of food had to be checked. The storage of health data had to be massively reduced at their instigation. No options were granted to the persons concerned in the case of information on relatives. Many questions are still open today.

The Bremen data protection control referred only to a few of the institutions. There is no guarantee and no possibility of control that unlawful monitoring possibilities will be eliminated in the other 270 facilities. The legal situation is the same everywhere and could be preset in the software, e.g. with automatic deletion periods. Cevisio could provide the operators with help and information on data protection.

We ask: Does this software structure have to do with the fact that refugees are the people affected here? Safe – Refugee shelters are logistically complex systems and operators like the DRC and others can well use digital support. But how are refugees to integrate with us if they are deprived of the values of our oft-cited guiding culture, i.e. the values of our Basic Law? These values include self-determination, the right to informational self-determination.

The Cevisio software “neighbourhood management” is only one example of a patronizing, non-transparent and surveillance-hungry treatment of refugees in general. There are confidentiality agreements of the Federal Employment Agency that release everyone and everyone from confidentiality, including social welfare offices and migration advice centres. In 2016, a so-called Data Exchange Improvement Act stipulated that practically every office may inform others about refugees if it appears necessary. In order to determine the origin of refugees, the BAMF had access to the smartphones of the refugees approved, on which all communications and a lot of private information is stored.

At the same time, independent refugee consultations report that by referring to data protection, some authorities refuse them information that would be important for advice and assistance. Here data protection is being misused as a false pretext for hindering social work.

We must be particularly careful when dealing with refugee data. Both the National Socialists and the GDR regime controlled and maltreated their population with information and data collection. The governments of the countries from which people flee to us often torture their people through control, arbitrariness and use of what they know about these people. The risk of deepening existing traumas in data management à la Cevisio and the risk of our data collections falling into the wrong hands, for example from the secret services of our home country, is great. Software companies also have a responsibility to avert such dangers. We should be aware: What is practised today for refugees may already be applied to us tomorrow.

Congratulations on the BigBrotherAward 2018 in the category Administration, Cevisio.



LMNB - Lager Mobilisation Network Berlin

berlin news / LMNB - Lager Mobilisation Network Berlin / News

Sprachcafe und Informationstreffen Lager Mobilisation Network Berlin

lmnb-flyer-einladung Lager Mobilisation Network – Poster deutsch/farsi/arabisch/franzosisch/englisch Liebe Menschen, in unserem neuen Sprachcafé und Informationstreffen versuchen wir Menschen zusammenzubringen, die… • Deutsch lernen möchten • oder sich über ihre Rechte informieren • sowie zu Problemen austauschen wollen. Wir laden Euch wöchentlich ein und Ihr könnt dabei kostenlosen Tee, Kaffee oder Kuchen genießen und gemütlich über Themen… Read more »

Lager Mobilisation Network Berlin
Lager Mobilization – Wedding / Lager watch / LMNB - Lager Mobilisation Network Berlin / News

Was ist ein AnKER? / What is an AnKER?

+++ deutschsprachige Version; english version below+++   Was ist ein AnKER? Mit dem Bild eines Ankers verbinden wir vielleicht ein Tattoo, das Stärke ausdrücken soll oder einfach einen Haltepunkt für ein Schiff im Meer. Nun bekommt Anker jedoch eine weitere Bedeutung: als Symbol für ein rassistisches Lagersystem und eine unmenschliche Asylpolitik. Wovon ist die Rede?… Read more »

Lager Mobilization – Wedding / LMNB - Lager Mobilisation Network Berlin / Media Watch

BigBrotherAward 2018, category “Administration”: CEVISIO Software und Systeme GmbH

[This is a REPOST of the text published during the BigBrotherAward 2018; HERE you can read the original text in German, or watch the VIDEO of the award ceremony. /// Das ist ein Repost des Textes, der im Rahmen der BigBrotherAward 2018 veröffentlicht wurde; hier könnt ihr den Originaltext in deutscher Sprache lesen, oder euch… Read more »


Daily Resistance Newspaper / News

Daily Resistance Monthly Editorial Meeting continues on July, 9

On July 9, 2018, the current editorial team of >Daily Resistance< will continue its new monthly meeting. It is the third in a series of social and working get-togethers that tries to bring together people who want to share their ideas about the newspaper, who want to contribute and who want to work on upcoming… Read more »

berlin news / Demo / News / oplatz / School / Support/Solidarity

Kundgebung & Demo zur Räumung der Ohlauer/GHS, 11.01.2018, 7:45

Räumung der GHS am 11.01.2018 – Solidarität mit den Bewohner_innen. Eviction of GHS, 11.01.2018 – Call for solidarity Die Chronologie der GHS auf Deutsch und Englisch Pressestatement der Nachbarschaftsinitiative Ohlauer Straße (NIO), 19.7.2017: Wir kennen die beteiligten Menschen, wir respektieren die Umstände, wir erinnern die Absprachen Solidaritätsaufruf Andere Zustände ermöglichen (*aze) ____ DEUTSCH (English, French,… Read more »

Demo Ohlauerstr.
News / oplatz / Statements / Support/Solidarity

Aufruf zu Solidarität mit den Bewohner*innen der Gerhart-Hauptmann-Schule

  Englisch/Französisch below Bewegungsfreiheit statt Staatsgewalt! Aufruf zu Solidarität mit den Bewohner*innen der Gerhart-Hauptmann-Schule Am 11. Januar soll die Gerhart-Hauptmann-Schule geräumt werden. Es ist zwar in den letzten drei Jahren etwas ruhiger um die Ohlauerstraße geworden, aber die Relevanz der Kämpfe dieser Gruppe ist nach wie vor groß. Lange vor der ‘Willkommenskultur’ zeigte der March… Read more »

Gerhard Hauptman Schule


berlin news

Koko Lepo: autonomy, solidarity, and equality in Belgrade, Serbia 15.01.2019, 17 Uhr, Kalabal!k

Koko Lepo is an autonomous collective in Belgrade, Serbia that has experimented with numerous practices of youth solidarity and alternative education practices with the children and young teens of the informal urban settlement “Deponija”. The speaker will present their first-hand experience with the history, struggles, and developments of the project: from its origins as an… Read more »

International Women's Space / News


Der International Women Space lädt euch ein, die Veröffentlichung unseres zweiten Buches UNS GIBT ES, WIR SIND HIER mit uns zu feiern. Das Buch dokumentiert die Lebensgeschichten von geflüchteten Frauen und Migrantinnen in Deutschland. Zusammen mit euch möchten wir uns über die Geschichten und Erfahrungen aus dem Buch und darüber hinaus austauschen. Und wir wollen… Read more »

we exist we are here
berlin news / News

Konferenz: Die Sahara – eine neue tödliche Außengrenze der EU? Externalisierung der Grenzen

Wann: 24.11.2018 – 10:00 Uhr Wo: Aquarium (neben Südblock) Skalitzer Str. 6 10999 Berlin English see below Die südliche Grenze der Europäischen Union bildet nicht mehr das Mittelmeer, sondern wurde mit Hilfe von Überwachungstechnik, Grenzzäunen und militärischen Checkpoints “externalisiert”, das heißt nach Nordafrika verlagert. Die neue südliche EU Außengrenze liegt in Libyen, Niger, Senegal, Algerien… Read more »

alle bleiben / News

Tag der Kinderrechte

Liebe Leute, heute ist der internationale Tag der Kinderrechte, denn vor 29 Jahren haben die Vereinten Nationen die Kinderrechtskonvention verabschiedet. Für viele Kinder ist es immer noch ein Privileg zur Schule zu gehen. Auch in Europa. Viele Roma-Kinder, die hier geboren und hier zur Schule gegangen sind, werden abgeschoben. Ca. 75% von ihnen werden nach… Read more »

Schule ohne Abschiebung
News / Support/Solidarity / Videos

Aufruf: Polizeiangriff Donauwörth – Prozesse gegen Geflüchtete ab 7.11. in Augsburg

Donauwörth police attack – David Jassey’s interview from Culture of Deportation II on Vimeo. *25.10.2018 Aufruf (erratum)* (in English: http://cultureofdeportation.org/2018/10/25/donauwoerth-call) *Polizeiangriff Donauwörth – Prozesse gegen Geflüchtete starten am 7. November in Augsburg* Der bayerische Staat setzt die strafrechtliche Verfolgung der Geflüchteten fort, die im März Opfer der Polizeirazzia in Donauwörth wurden. Gerichtsprozesse gegen die gambischen Geflüchteten, die… Read more »

berlin news / international / News

“The revolution won’t be televised” – Senegal uprising – screening + discussion with their protagonist

On the 11th November, KEUR GUI, founder members of Y en a Marre will share they experience of fight at 19h in the K9, kinzigstr 9 10247 Berlin First will be screened the film “The revolution won’t be televised” which won an award in the Berlinale and it’ll follow up with a discussion with one… Read more »