Opstelten and Tax nominated for Big Brother Award




The Tax and Minister Ivo Opstelten of Security and Justice have been nominated for a Big Brother Award, a prize for the biggest privacy violators. The public can vote for the ‘winner’, which will be announced mid-December.

Big Brother Awards Minister Opstelten is the third time nominated for the ‘price’ , organized by civil rights organization Bits of Freedom. The minister has been nominated to be partly due to the maintenance of the retention , despite the European Court of Justice has put a line through. Also plans to make hacking the police computers and storage of vehicle registration and location information the minister is charged.

Lodewijk Asscher colleague Minister of Social Affairs, himself once a jury member of the Big Brother Awards, was also nominated for a law that allows the Tax fraud detection with data mining: searching through large amounts of data patterns. Including data on pensions, debt, benefits, permits, health insurance be searched looking for fraud. Privacy activists find that citizens therefore be treated in advance as criminals.

Finally, the Administration has been nominated for its ‘almost unlimited appetite for information about Dutch citizens’ says Bits of Freedom. “Then, for example, to mark data sought by the tax authorities at parking operators,” said Tim Toornvliet Bits of Freedom. Also scanning badges to detect privateers in leased vehicles the service is charged.

The nominations are made by the public, which later on Wednesday can begin voting for the winner. On December 16, the awards will be presented at the Stadsschouwburg in Amsterdam. Previously won include the National Police Agency, Facebook, the Tax and Trans Link Systems an Award.

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