Ombudsman criticizes bill expanding powers GISS and DISS




The National Ombudsman has criticized the bill for the extension of the powers of the Dutch intelligence services. The government collects views on the proposal for a law to regulate this. Tele2 has many more objections to the bill.

The Ombudsman notes in a letter that the handling of complaints is inadequate. Citizens with complaints to come in second line to the committee that oversees the intelligence services, CTIVD. According to the Ombudsman, it is better if complaints go to an independent body, such as the Ombudsman. On the extension of the powers of the intelligence agencies themselves, the Ombudsman can not be out.

The letter comes after the strong criticism of Tele2 on the bill to amend the law currently in force in 2002. The provider accuses the government of its intention to deploy 360 000 businesses and associations to gather data for intelligence, while companies and associations are themselves bear the costs thereof. “It is clear that the services want access to all communications, from anyone, without having to bear the necessary investments in time and money.”

According to Tele2, the intelligence services after the introduction of this bill include Twitter, WhatsApp, but also sites like Tweakers ask to tap. “There will be no part of the Dutch society, which will not fall under the scope of the bulk interception intelligence and security services. The law creating the atmosphere that the procurement of bulk data is an end in itself, with the offer and the inspection have to take place in completely outside the actual owner of the data. The effectiveness and hence subsidiary and proportionality are conveniently taken into account. ”

The provider also claims that the services may request data in other countries, although it will often be in conflict with the laws there. In addition, many companies and associations would not be able to drain. For all these reasons the provider calls the bill “unworkable”.

It is unknown whether Tele2 bill has interpreted correctly. The government has not yet responded to the views. Companies have until September 1 to submit an opinion.

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