[OPE-L] In the Dutch news - problems of our times...

From: Jurriaan Bendien (adsl675281@TISCALI.NL)
Date: Sat Jan 20 2007 - 20:15:39 EST

Dutch Telecom- and internetproviders should according to the Dutch Cabinet
be legally obliged to keep data on the behaviour of their clients for one
and a half years, as indicated by drafts of new legislation sent to the
enterprises concerned.

The enterprises have meanwhile objected to this proposal in a joint reply to
the Ministry of Economic Affairs.

According to a KPN spokesperson, the proposed legislation would obviously
create higher costs, and he expected problems in storing that much data. The
data storage required by the proposed law does not include the content of
calls, but telephone numbers, call locations and the length of calls.

It is argued that for state security services that information can be useful
in combatting terrorism and serious crime. The enterprises insist however
that the onus is on the government to make the plan workable, and say they
expect a suitable compensation...

Privacy, insofar as it exists, is certainly becoming a very nuanced and
subtle concept these days.


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