Minister Opstelten wins award for greatest privacy violator




Minister Opstelten of Security and Justice won a Big Brother Award, a prize for the biggest privacy violators, including for the hack competence of the police. It’s his fourth ‘price’. The Dutch schools were allowed to take an award.

Big Brother Awards Minister Opstelten, who got a whopping 66 percent of the vote, was partly nominated because he maintains the retention, while the European directive on which the law is based on the European Court of Justice of the table is swept. The continuation of plans to leave the police systems of suspects hacking was not thanked him, as well as the storage of vehicle registration and location information. In addition, the Minister is guilty of the ‘structural ignoring privacy concerns’ and he would treat all Dutch in advance as a suspect.

Civil rights organization Bits of Freedom awarded the prizes Tuesday in the Stadsschouwburg in Amsterdam. Besides Opstelten was Lodewijk Asscher colleague Minister of Social Affairs nominated because of a law that allows the Tax fraud detection through data mining. Including data on pensions, debt, benefits, permits and health insurance are searched for patterns of fraud. Privacy activists find that citizens therefore be treated in advance as criminals. Finally, the Tax was nominated because of his almost unlimited appetite for information about Dutch citizens.

The government said in a – satirical, as secret “leaked” document drafted – written response that ‘Bits of Freedom apparently can find enough candidates. ” Minister Opstelten said in response “for a strong rule of law and a safe Netherlands’ stand and therefore a” mixed feeling “to have in the price. “At the risk of cyber crime and jihadism we must arm ourselves,” said Opstelten, who also notes that it has been good in his privacy in the Netherlands.

The expert award goes to the Dutch schools, which the private data of their students provide to software developers of packages that are used to monitor the progress of students. “Before you went to school to study, now to be studied,” said author and juror Maxim February in the jury. The broader development that students are increasingly followed, was a response to the school to get the price.

Foreword Star Simone Whale PO council said in a comment during the presentation of a ‘dilemma’ stand. “Digital learning resources to teach children with learning enormously”, said Whale. “It is thus possible for children to learn at their own level and at their own pace.” Whale said its commitment to ensure that the data collected can not be traced to children and their storage is better controlled. Besides the Dutch schools were nominated include the eID system.

Incidentally, announced Minister Dekker already that the schools will refer students with a pseudonym in order to ensure their privacy. Next February names include researchers Axel Arnbak and Frederik Borgesiuslaan part of the jury, as well as members of other civil rights organizations.

Last year won Minister Opstelten and the Tax a Big Brother Award. Opstelten received the award as well because, among other hack competence of the police. The minister said at the time that the price it ‘sticks’. “From disinterest is absolutely no question,” Opstelten says about the allegation that he had no regard for privacy. “The developments in the area of ​​cybercrime go very quickly,” Opstelten argues. In the Belgian edition of the Big Brother Awards won include the smartphone and the NSA.


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