Ede, 26 June 2018 - On 7 June, there was an interlocutory injunction concerning the Intelligence and Security Services Act (Wiv). Today the judge made a negative decision, which means that the law will remain unchanged. Data center BIT sued the state with a coalition of IT and tech companies, journalists, lawyers and NGOs. This is because the government has promised to adjust the law that went into effect on 1 May. Unfortunately, this was entered unchanged.
The government announced earlier to adjust the law in response to the advisory referendum in March, with the majority of the Dutch population voting against the law. Nonetheless, the Wiv contains fundamental problems and is in certain areas in conflict with human rights.
"By first implementing the law and then changing it, innocent citizens and the digital economy will not be spared, " says Alex Bik, CTO at BIT. "It is ridiculous that the privacy of citizens and organizations is not put first by the government. That disappoints us a lot. We feel it is our duty to ensure that the Dutch internet remains a free and open medium. We will see which further steps are possible. "Wido Potters, Manager Support & Sales at BIT:" The proportionality of the measures is questionable. Many organizations have to give up data and make networks tapeable, which means that privacy of citizens is hard to find. Let me make it clear that we also want criminals behind bars, where the interception of suspects can be valuable. The tapping of data streams from very large groups of citizens is not necessary for this. Even without this privacy violation, specific research is possible. And if those more limited powers are actually used, they prove successful. That these powers are not used is a completely different issue. "
The coalition consists of BIT, MijnDomein, SpeakUP, Voys, Bits of Freedom, Free Press Unlimited, Greenpeace International, the NJCM, the NVSA, the Platform for Protection of Civil Rights, Privacy First and De Waag.
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