Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 23rd Oct 2012 18:24 UTC, submitted by Jane Doe
Privacy, Security, Encryption "Last week, the Dutch Minister of Safety and Justice asked the Parliament of the Netherlands to pass a law allowing police to obtain warrants to do the following: install malware on targets’ private computers, conduct remote searches on local and foreign computers to collect evidence, and delete data on remote computers in order to disable the accessibility of 'illegal files'. Requesting assistance from the country where the targetted computer(s) were located would be 'preferred' but possibly not required. These proposals are alarming, could have extremely problematic consequences, and may violate European human rights law." You get true net neutrality with one hand, but this idiocy with another. This reminds me a lot of how some of our busy intersections are designed; by people who bike to city hall all their lives and have no clue what it's like to drive a car across their pretty but extremely confusing and hence dangerous intersections.
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Good idea?
by error32 on Tue 23rd Oct 2012 20:16 UTC
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2008-12-10

I will probably get a lot of negative comments on this, but I would still like to point out the following.

I am a Dutch citizen and in my opinion this is not such a bad idea at all. The Dutch police force is very careful in using any kind of force because excessive force will result in public outrage.
Why not add this as a weapon in their arsenal to ensure the state safety? Given the safety in this country, and the trust we bestow on our police force I feel this might be useful.

Consider for instance, how recently several ISPs got a threat from somebody posing as being part of anonymous (or some other online children organisation, I don't really remember), say this had indeed been real. It would feel good to me to have some sort of digital riot police. Because yes, this is expensive for those companies.
Anyway, things like stuxnet should have been a wake-up call for the world already. I would be proud if my government would actually have to balls to come out and legalise (thus admit) to these kind of activities instead of keeping secrets from their citizens.

Yes, I know, we should not give up our digital freedom etc etc. However I would expect tech savvy users to be able to secure their systems...

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