Wants to protect constitutional content digital communication cabinet




Now wants to protect the content of electronic communications, including email and social media, with the constitution the cabinet. Before that was the cabinet Friday a bill in the House.

The government wants to constitutionally protect “all forms of communication ‘, as is disclosed in the Friday bill. Currently it says in the Constitution that only a letter, telephone and telegraph, but this is out of date according to the government.

By using any specific wording in the law, the government wants to protect the contents of current and future forms of communication. “The more technology-independent formulation ‘post and telecommunications secrecy’ is the protection offered by Article 13 of the Constitution extended to all current and future communication such as e-mail, telephone calls over the internet and decided to communication via social media,” said the Cabinet.

According to the government keeps any constitutional amendment that the government can not simply watch. Example, the content of an email or a Facebook Post Nevertheless, there are a few exceptions, which are set by law. The police and intelligence agencies in a number of situations should be allowed to look at the content, but only if they have been given by a ‘competent authority’ permission. It is still unknown who or what that authority, but Bits of Freedom argues that authority is also the minister himself can be. See the organization would prefer a right button or the confidentiality of communications must first be violated.

The idea of ​​changing the constitution of Prime Minister Mark Rutte is not new. The previous caretaker government treated the plan as well. The proposed constitutional amendment is Friday sent by the government to parliament. Who will be here first, along with the Senate at a later stage, to look before there is more clarity about the possible new law. Must also show that the majority of the House endorses the current wording or sees something in the plan of Bits of Freedom to first have a right to judge.

Finally, it is not yet clear what the impending change for the consequences. The current confidentiality provides constitutional protection of communications, leaving it to anyone other than the addressee is prohibited to view communication. As digital communication here also includes, for example, is whether a company like Google still the mail users should scan.


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