International coalition calls for withdrawal of Dutch hacking plans
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An international coalition of more than 40 civil rights organizations and security experts have expressed their “grave concerns” about a Dutch proposal to break into foreign computers and search and delete data. In a letter handed over to the Dutch minister of Security and Justice by Dutch digital rights organization Bits of Freedom on Monday 3 December 2012, the coalition urgently calls upon the minister to withdraw his proposal.
According to the international coalition, the proposal poses serious risks to the human rights and cybersecurity of individuals worldwide. This is aggravated by the fact that countries will likely follow the initiative of the Netherlands. This will lead to a situation where countries will enforce their local laws on foreign computers. These local laws would not solely address cybercrime, but also issues deemed illegal in other countries, such as blasphemy and political criticism.
The coalition therefore strongly urges the minister to withdraw his proposal. The letter is signed by more than 40 members of the civil society. These include civil rights organizations such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation (US), Privacy International (UK), the Chaos Computer Club (Germany) or EDRi. In addition, renowned security-experts and software developers Bruce Schneier (US), Richard Stallman (US) and Ron Deibert (Canada) signed the letter.
The proposal will be debated in the Dutch parliament on Thursday, 6 December 2012. The letter is then likely to be discussed, as it received broad media coverage. If you are interested in the outcome, please mail directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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(Contribution by Simone Halink - EDRi member Bits of Freedom, Netherlands)