Plasterk: GISS is not bugging anyone




The Secret Service is not everyone draining be extended if the powers of the secret services. That promised Minister Ronald Plasterk of the Interior in the House. “I mean that the AMS-IX is tapped as a whole,” says Plasterk.

Shades The parliament debated Tuesday night on the extension of the powers of the two services. The government also wants to tap unfocused services; Now, they can only drain specific Internet connections, but no larger amounts of data slurping looking for relationships.

That does not mean everyone is just bugged, says Plasterk. “I mean that the AMS-IX is tapped as a whole,” said Plasterk, referring to the largest internet hub in the Netherlands and one of the largest hubs in the world. This will close the minister, who is responsible for the AIVD, not that the AMS-IX is bugged, he just tapped into a whole. According Plasterk may undirected taps are only used for a limited purpose. The interception of all Dutch will not be eligible for this, he said. “I can not imagine limited purpose for which this is acceptable,” said the minister. Labour MP Jeroen Recourt however wondered how that promise will be enshrined in law.

“Over the impression that the Netherlands is bugged masse: this is not true,” says his colleague Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert of Defense, which is responsible for the military intelligence DISS. Without the new powers would DISS ‘deaf and blind’, said the minister. Where the AIVD focuses on threats within the Netherlands, DISS deals with threats overseas, for example areas where Dutch troops are active.

Plasterk gave an example of use of the new powers: so could acquire the services who is calling certain numbers in Syria. “Then we can map these networks,” says Plasterk. In addition, only it comes to metadata, so the question of who is calling whom; not substantive information. Then certain phone could be tapped. Although Plasterk was talking about numbers, he admitted later that this also could cope Internet.

Coalition partners VVD and PvdA, which together have a majority in parliament, said earlier to support the plans. According to Labour MP Jeroen Recourt the government has to find a good balance between privacy and security know. “The privacy should be protected, but the secret services should be able to do their job,” said Recourt prior to the debate on Tuesday in front of Tweakers. Recourt find the term “unfocused draining ‘misleading. “That suggests that a large dragnet cast, but that is not so.”

VVD MP Klaas Dijkhoff agrees, he tells Tweakers. “The image that ‘unfocused’ evokes is an American-style system in which we all Internet wiretapping and afterwards to see if there is to find something fun,” said Dijkhoff. He notes that the authority can not simply be applied, and that the minister must give permission.

Nevertheless, there was the debate the necessary resistance in the rest of the House. “I want the government first demonstrate why this is necessary,” said D66 MP Gerard Schouw prior to the debate. “Also, the control must be improved. Otherwise it will in our opinion no extension of powers. The effectiveness must be better managed.” Schouw also argued during the debate for a privacy impact assessment of the proposed legislation.

The SP was even more critical; MP Ronald van Raak wondered why the government at this time that power was necessary. The Christian Union said the premise of finding the law ‘good’, but the important points. “Why does the judge not involved in placing a tap?” Asked MP Gert Jan Segers himself among others.

The PVV and SGP were positive about the legislation. “The law needs to be modernized,” SGP MP found Roelof Bishop. PVV MP Martin Bosma was firmer. “If you are the editor of Charlie Hebdo behind your desk and not come home, that’s a violation of your privacy,” said the MP, referring to the attacks in Paris.

Green Left was not present at the debate, but gave earlier to be opposite the site The Post Online critical of the plan. “This is a very clumsy plan,” Green MP Liesbeth van Tongeren across the website. According to the party is not proven that data collection leads to more arrests. In addition to the Green was also the Animals Party absent from the debate.

The complete bill comes in April, promised Minister Plasterk during the debate. The government will thereby try to keep an internet consultation, where interested parties can give their feedback on the bill. Plasterk could not guarantee that. The government hopes that the legislation will be introduced next year.

Or the law actually is, is difficult to predict. At present, the Senate against : a motion of D66 senator Hans Franken asked the Senate the government to refrain from “indiscriminate and widespread surveillance of cable-bound communication. The motion was co-signed by senators from the SP, PvdA, D66 and Green Left. Next month, however, provincial elections, so the composition of the Senate is changing: the Provincial Council elect the Senate.


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