Unfortunate: Wiv accepted by Senate

Unfortunately, the Senate has yesterday accepted the new bill for the Intelligence and Security Services Act (Wiv). This new bill that allows for bulk interception of communication, also known as the dragnet, is very problematic, including in relation to human rights.
The PILP is busy preparing a possible court case, together with a broad coalition of about twelve non-profit organisations, amongst which the Nederlands Juristen Comité voor de Mensenrechten, the Nederlandse Vereniging van Journalisten, the Nederlandse Vereniging van StrafrechtadvocatenBits of Freedom en Privacy First. You can read more about this in our file or on the websites of our allies.

The chances of an actual court case are quite big, but no final decisions have been made. Project coordinator of the PILP and human rights lawyer Jelle Klaas, who is leading the coalition, says he is confident that the Dutch judges will protect the right to privacy and decide that this bill is a violation thereof. Still, the coalition is aware that the legal procedure might have to be taken all the way up until the European Court of Justice, or the European Court of Human Rights.

The politicians did not pay much attention to the Wiv, even though civil society expressed its concern and opposition to the new bill. Luckily, media are paying much attention to the news on the Wiv and the possible legal procedure. See for example these Dutch stories in the VolkskrantAD, of NOS.