Snowden: Netherlands do not learn from revelations




Netherlands has not learned from the Snowden-disclosure, but makes its laws worse. That said Edward Snowden via a video link during the presentation of the Big Brother Awards. “If we stop defending privacy, we never get it back,” said Snowden.

“What we see in the Netherlands, is that the government does not draw lessons, but just trying to make worse its laws,” said Snowden via a video link, thereby explicitly mentioned that the GISS and DISS. Snowden is referring to the introduction of new powers for the secret services.

At present, the two services may not unfocused larger quantities communication physical cables bleeding, but the government wants to change . The two services would then be allowed to filter a larger amount of Internet to find specific details in there. According to the whistleblower, who eighteen months ago, a large amount of internal NSA documents leaked to journalists, the Dutch government is trying the American espionage practices Netherlands loose leave.

Even before the introduction of the so-called decryption command, which the government can compel suspects to release their encryption passwords, Snowden did not mince words. “They force you to testify against yourself in the courtroom,” said Snowden. “It’s very dangerous.” Moreover, as Snowden notes: “Who in this room has never forgotten a password?”

The whistleblower, who received an award during the presentation of the Big Brother Awards for his contribution to the privacy, emphasized in his speech the importance of privacy. “If we stop defending privacy, we never get it back,” said Snowden, who currently resides in Russia and is wanted by the United States because of his revelations. According to the whistleblower goes on privacy for more than just private information, but also the freedom to make choices.

Snowden spoke at the ceremony of the Big Brother Awards, which are awarded to the largest privacy violators. Opstelten won for the fourth time a ‘price’, among others, he maintains the retention, while the European directive on which the law is based is swept aside by the European Court of Justice. 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.


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