The following article by Privacy First employee Vincent Böhre was published this month in the periodical De Filosoof (‘The Philosopher’, University of Utrecht). Tomorrow the Dutch Passport Act will be high on the Dutch political agenda: in a debate with the Minister of the Interior Liesbeth Spies the compulsory taking of fingerprints for Dutch passports and ID cards will be discussed. Privacy First has recently (again) emphasized to all political parties in the Dutch House of Representatives to have passports without fingerprints introduced as soon as possible and to make a request to the government to have the Passport Regulation revised at the European level. This in order for the compulsory taking of fingerprints to be done away with also for passports,…
Declaration of endorsement of the Earth Charter by the Privacy First Foundation  « Privacy is the new green »  The Privacy First Foundation hereby endorses the Earth Charter. We subscribe to the ideas and goals of this document and we support the common pursuit of a righteous, sustainable and peaceful world. To that end, the worldwide preservation and promotion of the universal right to privacy is of primary importance. In order to achieve this goal, Privacy First shall be guided by the values and principles of the Earth Charter. Privacy is the basis of our democracy under the rule of law. Without privacy, there can be no free personal development and no free democratic dynamics. Of all human rights, the right to privacy…
With the exception of Great-Britain, of all countries in the European Union the Netherlands is worse off in terms of privacy. This emerges from a large-scale survey by the British organisation Privacy International. In the Netherlands there is endemic surveillance in no less than 10 areas, among which are the biometric passport/ID-card, the exchange of personal data, the storage of communication data, medical and financial information, telephone and internet tapping and border controls. Furthermore, with regard to privacy, in the Netherlands there are no effective constitutional safeguards, insufficient judicial supervision and a lack of political leadership. You can read the entire survey HERE. The findings of Privacy International confirm that a radical change of direction is needed in the Netherlands in the area…
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