On 9 March 2015, EDRi-member Vrijschrift sent a letter to the Dutch Parliament, highlighting the dangers of investor-state dispute settlement clauses (ISDS) in the trade agreements with Canada (CETA) and Singapore (EUSFTA) that the European Union is currently negotiating.
Dutch lawyers, journalists, privacy organisations and publishers are taking legal action against the state to stop telecom firms storing phone and email information. The Dutch government requires telecom firms to keep the information for up to 12 months but the Dutch criminal law association and other groups say this conflicts with EU legislation.
Dutch lawyers, journalists, privacy organisations and publishers are taking legal action against the state to stop telecom firms storing phone and email information via what is described by critics as a ‘snoopers charter’.
Read more at DutchNews.nl: Lawyers, journalists take Dutch state to court over internet privacy http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2014/12/lawyers-journalists-take-dutch-state-to-court-over-internet-privacy.php/
The Dutch Advisory Council on International Affairs (AIV) published an advice on internet freedom (.pdf, in Dutch), following a request for advice that the Minister of Foreign Affairs sent to the AIV in February 2014.
The government drafted a legislative proposal to update the Dutch Intelligence and Security Act of 2002 which would expand the existing bulk interception power of the Dutch intelligence agencies AIVD and MIVD from non-cable bound communications to also include cable communications.
This first self-assessment report about the Open Government program sets out how the plan was developed as well as the progress made with the implementation so far. The report includes progresses regarding internet consultation, a legislative calendar and the online publication of government documents.
Judges from The Hague ruled on Thursday that Dutch security service AIVD does not have to publicize the number of phone and Internet taps it sets up a year.