Plasterk and National Police win Big Brother Awards




Bits of Freedom awarded the prizes for the biggest privacy violators of the year. The National Police Chief Constable wins the expert prize, Minister Plasterk has been voted by the public as the winner. There was also presented a positive prize, which went to Max Schrems.

Big Brother Awards The experts ‘reward’ the police chief with a Big Brother Award as the National Police bet on predictive policing. That is the use of data or big data to predict criminal behavior and possibly intervene before there is a criminal offense. “As a citizen deviates from the norm, he is suspect and [he] risk a citizen,” argues criminologist Marc Schuilenburg. A leaked document would appear that the police is working on a nationwide network of sensors “to forecast events in the near future.” The expert jury comprised of scientists, columnists, activists and business people.

Minister Ronald Plasterk is the winner of the audience award. He was nominated because he is working on a afluisterwet but refuses to listen. ” His proposal for a new Law on the Intelligence and Security was heavily criticized. He also thanked his nomination to the fact that substantiate the necessity of the law is considered to be severely inadequate. So it’s not clear what research the bill is based. The audience said that they were very disappointed in the way the minister has handled the critical reactions to the draft bill. Plasterk said however that “there parts that are changed”, but the criticism by the concerned citizens, journalists and human rights organizations to heart.

Plasterk was also nominated for the expert price, like the Van der Valk Hotel Hengelo. That got the nomination because of the voluntary and structurally issuing his guest to the police. The other nominees for the audience were Achmea, “that trades in solidarity for big data and Microsoft, the Windows 10 that at one time his privacyschendende catch up with Google and Facebook overtook.

Bits of Freedom this year reached a positive price from: the Felipe Rodriquez Award. Winner of this award is the Austrian law student Max Schrems. His trial made ​​sure that the Safe Harbour treaty pushed aside. Schrems is also embroiled in a legal battle with Facebook. He accuses the social network of large-scale invasion of privacy due to the participation in the Prism of the NSA eavesdropping program. The positive prize is named after the co-founder of XS4ALL, in early October died. During his life he put himself in numerous ways in privacy protection and the preservation of the freedom of information.


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