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Privacy First Annual Report 2011

Thursday, 23 February 2012

"In the first decade of the 21st century the right to privacy in the Netherlands has come under enormous pressure. On the one hand this has been the result of the collective mindset after '9/11', in which there seemed to be ever less room for classic civil rights such as the right to privacy.  On the other hand it was the outcome of rapid technological developments that brought along inherent privacy risks. Examples of this are the rise of the Internet, mobile telephony, camera surveillance and biometrics, all of which are technologies that are intended to serve Mankind but that could just as well disrupt society. For example through abuse or ill-thought out use without proper privacy guarantees. An ICT dream can then quickly turn into a societal nightmare. These observations were the reason the Privacy First Foundation was founded in March 2009. Only a few months later (in the summer of 2009) the first turning point in Dutch society was perceivable: the storage of fingerprints under the new Dutch Passport Act led to a torrent of criticism, courtesy also of the pressure exerted by Privacy First. This subsequently acted as a societal lever:  due to all the fuss surrounding the Passport Act a widely supported Dutch privacy movement came to life. Since then Privacy First has gradually expanded its area of work while the theme of privacy has climbed ever higher on the agenda of Dutch society..."

Read further pdfHERE in Privacy First's annual report 2011!