The Dutch resistance against the new Passport Act is currently reaching a climax along four lines of attack: 1) The civil Passport Trial by Privacy First. Currently, a verdict in this lawsuit by the district court of The Hague is planned for Wednesday 2 February 2011. Apart from a verdict on the merits of the trial, the district court could possibly decide to make a 'preliminary reference' to the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg. 2) The administrative Passport trial by Louise van Luijk. The first court session in this lawsuit is planned for 15 February 2011, also before the district court of The Hague. Considering the factual and legal power of both these lawsuits, a win for both Privacy…
Good news from our neighbours on the other side of the North Sea: today the British decision to scrap ID cards as well as a national biometric database has officially come into force. This came about with one stroke of the pen by Queen Elizabeth. The responsible Home Office Minister Damian Green gave the following clarification: ‘‘The Identity Card Scheme represented the worst of government. It was intrusive, bullying, ineffective and expensive.’’ We hope the British have set a good example. When will the Netherlands follow suit?Update: more about this news report in Webwereld, NRC's 'Recht en Bestuur' and NRC Next (in Dutch).  
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