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The new intelligence law: choosing between privacy and safety

Nienke Duetz
Nienke Duetz
Published at: 02-03-2018
Last modified at: 05-03-2018

This event will be in Dutch.

On March 21st there will be a referendum about the controversial new intelligence and safety security law. During this referendum, initiated by a group of concerned students at Science Park, the Dutch people will have to make a choice between privacy and safety. When the law will be made official, it will be possible for our governemnt to retrieve large quantities of (personal) information form a certain environment, in case threats (of terror) have been identified there. This means that, in principle, the government would be allowed to hack your TV, computer or phone without notifying you. On the other hand, such a law can be essential in the fight against rising terror, and the old laws concerning this topic might be outdated.

But how will this law work exactly? How much control and power will the government truly have? And will this law even truly help? This and much more will be discussed in the upcoming edition of BetaBreak on March 21st. During this edition, the ins and outs of the law will be discussed. So do come to the central hall of Science Park at 12:00 to form your opinion about this controversial law. After BetaBreak, you can vote right away at Science Park (at de Polder or de Oerknal)! And remember; Big Brother might be watching you...


Pieter Bindt: Member of the Research Council for Safety and former director of the MIVD (Military Intelligence and Security Service).

Sven Brinkhoff: University teacher of criminal law at the Radboud University Nijmegen.

Joran van Apeldoorn: Student at the Universtiy of Amsterdam and initiator of the referendum.