Many thanks to two anonymous JCMS referees for their very helpful comments. I am grateful to my colleagues at the Politics Department of the University of Amsterdam, who offered their generous comments when I presented an earlier version of this article. Special thanks to Alexandra Hall and Mara Wesseling for research assistance. Funding for the research of risk-based approaches to targeting money and people is provided by ESRC (United Kingdom) and NWO (Netherlands). ‘DataWars: New Spaces of Governing in the European War on Terror’ (award no. RES 062230594) is conducted together with Louise Amoore of Durham University.
The SWIFT Affair and the Global Politics of European Security*
Article first published online: 8 NOV 2011
© 2011 The Author(s) JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies © 2011 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies
Volume 50, Issue 2, pages 214–230, March 2012
How to Cite
DE GOEDE, M. (2012), The SWIFT Affair and the Global Politics of European Security. JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, 50: 214–230. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-5965.2011.02219.x
- Issue published online: 8 FEB 2012
- Article first published online: 8 NOV 2011
This article examines the ‘SWIFT affair’, whereby United States security authorities acquired access to financial data of European citizens, and argues that it is a powerful lens through which to understand current shifts in European security governing. The affair demonstrates the institutional challenges produced by the deployment of private, commercial data for security, and analyzes the ad hoc innovations produced in European Union (EU) governing as a result. Furthermore, the SWIFT affair has allowed the EU to position itself in the global security landscape as a normative power that promotes the values of privacy and data protection. However, the development of a European Terrorism Financing Tracking System, coupled with the way in which the EU itself is keenly implementing risk-based and data-led internal security measures, means that critical attention to the EU's own security practices remains urgent.