“Look at what Facebook, Google, Twitter and Tinder know about you, and consider whether you’re worried about the right things. This law is for the safety of the Netherlands and for the Dutch people… I am voting in favour.”
Rob Bertholee — Head of National Intelligence Agency
“Even though it is certain the law will come into effect on May 1, critics were able to enforce a national advisory referendum on the issue this March. With the government under pressure, the achievement of the Dutch intelligence apparatus is a very welcome PR success.”
Max Smeets — Postdoctoral fellow in cybersecurity at the Center for International Security and Cooperation, Stanford University
March 21 2018 — Dutch voters had to decide whether spy agencies should have the power to install bulk taps on Internet traffic. They voted by a majority of 49.5% to 46.5% against the new legislation. Follow us on Twitter: @Intel_Today
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Dutch voted by a majority of 49.5% to 46.5% against the new legislation, which is due to come into effect on May 1 2018.
Critics and privacy experts have described the new legislation as a ‘Big Brother charter’.
Digital rights group Bits of Freedom, which had advised a “NO” vote, argued the law was not all bad but would lead to privacy violations and should be reconsidered.
The referendum is non-binding, but Prime Minister Mark Rutte said in a televised debate on the eve of the vote his government would take the outcome seriously. Of course, a victory of the ‘YES’ vote was expected.
After the vote, Prime minister Mark Rutte said that the government would abide by the referendum rules.
30% of the electorate must take part for the vote to have any legal weight. Turnout in Wednesday’s vote was 51.6%.
‘The advisory referendum law requires us to look again at the legislation and that is what we will do,’ Rutte said
Dutch agencies provide crucial intel about Russia’s interference in US-elections
“Hackers from the Dutch intelligence service AIVD have provided the FBI with crucial information about Russian interference with the American elections. For years, AIVD had access to the infamous Russian hacker group Cozy Bear. That’s what de Volkskrant and Nieuwsuur have uncovered in their investigation.”
Netherlands Referendum — Dutch Vote ‘NO’ on Spy Agency Tapping Powers