"The police are increasingly using unmanned aircraft in their efforts to track down criminals in the Netherlands, leading to MPs' questions about the privacy implications. Drones - small helicopters equipped with cameras - are used to trace burglars and getaway cars as well as illegal marijuana plantations. For example, Harlingen borrowed two drones from the defence ministry last year after a spate of burglaries in the Frisian town. Since 2009, drones have been used in at least 40 areas, the AD reported on Monday. In total, they were in the air on at least 132 different days. Legality D66 parliamentarian Gerard Schouw has asked the justice ministry to explain the implications of the use of drones on privacy. 'I understand…
"Dutch lawmakers and lawyers say they are questioning the increasing use of unmanned aircraft by police to track criminals and locate marijuana plantations. The drones have been used for at least 132 days in at least 40 areas since 2009, DutchNews.nl reported Monday. The city of Harlingen borrowed two drones from the defense ministry in 2012 after a rash of burglaries. "I understand they can be useful, but they need to have a basis in law," said parliamentarian Gerard Schouw after asking the defense ministry to explain the implications the drones may have on privacy. "How closely can innocent citizens be filmed," he queried. "No one has a clue what they are filming." Use of the drones is illegal under…
"Son yıllarda Hollanda polisinin yasadışı faaliyetlerle mücadele konusunda daha fazla oranda insansız uçaklardan kullandığı belirtildi. AD gazetesinin yer alan bir haberde, "drones" adı verilen insansız uçakların özellikle insan ve uyuşturucu ticareti veya yasadışı suç örgütlerinin araştırıldığı belirtildi. Son dönemlerde bu uçakalrın daha sık kullanıldığı belirtilen haberde 2009'dan bu yana en az 132 kez kullanıldığı belirtildi. Altyapı ve Çevre Bakanlığı, Güvenlik ve Adalet Bakanlığı ve İçişleri Bakanlığı verilerine göre Hollanda üzerinde en az 40 noktada adı geçen uçakların uçtuğu ve son dönemlerde bu sayıda artma olduğu belirtiliyor. Gizlilik Birincilik Vakfı (De stichting Privacy First), polis tarafından kullanılan bu uygulamanın, haber verilmeden yapıldığını bundan dolayı da yasadışı olduğunu belirtiyor. Öte yandan D66 milletvekili Gerard Schouw'da Mecliste bu konu hakkında açıklama isteyeceğini belirtirken…
"Courts are investigating the legality of a European Union regulation requiring biometric passports in Europe. Last month, the Dutch Council of State (Raad van State, the highest Dutch administrative court) asked the European Court of Justice (ECJ) to decide if the regulation requiring fingerprints in passports and travel documents violates citizens’ right to privacy. The case entered the courts when three Dutch citizens were denied passports and another citizen was denied an ID card for refusing to provide their fingerprints. The ECJ ruling will play an important role in determining the legality of including biometrics in passports and travel documents in the European Union. The Dutch Council referred the question of legality to the ECJ, arguing that the restrictions on…
"La proposta del primo cittadino van der Laan rafforza la possibilità già prevista dalla legge di perquisire i cittadini sulla base del semplice sospetto nelle zone a rischio. Proteste dal partito liberale D66 e delle associazioni: "Superato ogni limite". Il comune di Amsterdam vuole dotare la polizia di body scanner "portatili" che consentano di 'guardare' attraverso i vestiti dei sospetti e di individuare facilmente armi o altri oggetti non consentiti. Non si tratta di una promessa "elettorale" giustizierista di Geert Wilders ma di un annuncio del primo cittadino della capitale olandese, il sindaco laburista Eberhard van der Laan ripreso con gran clamore dalla stampa nazionale. Per il borgomastro, l'introduzione di questi sofisticati strumenti, che avrebbero in dotazione un sensore capace…
This week an excellent article about biometrics by internet journalist Jean-Marc Manach appeared in French web-magazine 'OWNI'. Many current issues and uncertainties around biometrics are discussed in this article, including the Dutch situation:  "20% d'empreintes inutilisables Les eurodéputés rappellent également qu'aux Pays-Bas, une étude menée sur plus de 400 passeports a révélé que les empreintes digitales étaient inutilisables dans plus de 20% des cas... Sophia in 't Veld, de l'Alliance des démocrates et libéraux pour l'Europe (ADLE) révéla par ailleurs qu'au Pays-Bas, les passeports biométriques avaient été justifiés au motif de la lutte contre la fraude et l'usurpation d'identité, mais que le ministère de l'Intérieur avait toujours refusé de rendre public le nombre de cas recensés, au motif que le chiffre…
"Die Niederlande wollen ab Sommer die Kennzeichen aller einreisenden Fahrzeuge erfassen. Zumindest für 90 Stunden pro Monat. Die Niederländer haben einigen Ehrgeiz entwickelt, wenn es darum geht zu erklären, dass ihr neues Kamera-Überwachungssystem kein Zeichen dafür ist, dass sie mit den offenen europäischen Grenzen eigentlich gar nicht so zufrieden sind. »Diese Überwachung hat nicht den Charakter früherer Grenzkontrollen«, heißt es auf der Internetseite der niederländischen Botschaft in Berlin. Es gehe einzig darum, Menschenschmuggel, Menschenhandel und Geldwäsche zu verhindern, sagt Gerd Leers, Minister für Einwanderung und Asyl, unter dessen Federführung das Projekt läuft. Niemand sollte etwas merken Erklärungen das Ministeriums zum Kamera-Überwachungssystem lesen sich meist wie Rechtfertigungen, und weil man damit gerechnet hat, dass die Maßnahme auf einigen Widerstand treffen wird,…
In November 2011, a German ZDF Television crew visited Privacy First for a quick interview about the new Dutch border surveillance system @MIGO-BORAS. Below is the item from ZDF Heute evening news:
"Mit einem Kamerasystem sollen an der niederländischen Grenze einreisende Autos kontrolliert werden. Kritik an der Überwachung üben sowohl Datenschützer als auch die EU-Kommission. Wenn eine reflexartige Verteidigungshaltung ein Anzeichen für Nervosität ist, dann ist man dieser Tage wohl ziemlich nervös im niederlän­dischen Immigrationsministerium. Ein Sprecher des Ministers Gerd Leers ließ jedenfalls wissen, dass selbstverständlich »alles ordentlich geregelt« sei beim neuen Hightech-Großprojekt seines Hauses. Dabei hatte die Jungle World lediglich nach dem genauen Betriebsbeginn für das automatische Kamerasystem gefragt, das an 15 Autobahngrenzübergängen in Richtung Belgien und Deutschland installiert wurde und demnächst einreisende Fahrzeuge frontal fotografieren soll. Über das Datum der Inbetriebnahme will das Ministerium derzeit keine näheren Angaben machen. Bekannt ist hingegen, dass die Kennzeichen mit Hilfe der Technologie »Automatic Number…
"Od početka godine Nizozemska evidentira baš svako vozilo koje ulazi u tu zemlju. Tvrdi kako se time bori protiv švercera, ali njezini susjedi kažu kako je već i to kršenje sporazuma o nesmetanom prometu unutar EU-a. Ono što je kritičarima osobito sumnjivo jest da se projekt nadzora granica Nizozemske s Njemačkom i Belgijom, nazvan "Amigo boras", isprva trebao provesti daleko od očiju javnosti. Tek kad su novinari počeli ispitivati u vladi u Haagu kakve su to kamere na granicama, objavljeno je kako će se od početka 2012. doista evidentirati registarske oznake svih vozila koja ulaze u zemlju. Inicijator ovog nadzora jest nizozemsko Ministarstvo za useljeništvo i pitanja azila, na čijem čelu je Gerd Leers. On smatra kako samo takvim, potpunim…
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