I run my weblog on my server, both out of hobby and because it gives me complete control over the underlying operating system, available software and security mechanisms. As a result, I see all that goes on with this machine, both good and bad.
When I woke up this morning and checked my Twitter feed, I could scarcely believe my eyes. I had to rub them to make sure I wasn’t still dreaming. It seems that April Fools’ comes twice this year.
For an outgoing cabinet, our current ministers are certainly busy. Busy looking for ways to endanger our privacy, it seems. Just days after two letters from Ivo Opstelten reached the news, Dutch investigative reports for the TV program KRO Reporter have discovered documents that suggest that outgoing minister for Health, Welfare and Sports, Edith Schippers is working on a law that would allow Dutch law enforcement access to DNA information stored in Dutch medical facilities. Continue reading Dutch police to get access to DNA stored in medical facilities?
Dutch minister of Justice Ivo Opstelten is certainly being a busy boy. Just a few days have passed since his last letter and now he has written another one, equally worrying or perhaps more so. In short, he is suggesting in an as yet not public letter that the Dutch police should have the right to hack. Excuse me? Yes, a right to hack. Continue reading Another letter from Ivo
In an attempt to reduce the impact of the terrorist use of the Internet, the European Commission is funding the Clean IT project. The aim of this project is to examine the question “if we can reduce the impact of the use of the Internet for terrorist purposes, without affecting our online freedom”. However, a recently leaked document reveals that the project seems to have lost track of this original question. Continue reading The Clean IT project, another threat to our privacy and online rights?
Not one week after the crushing defeat suffered by ACTA in the European Parliament, comes another trade agreement fresh on its heels. This time, it is called CETA (Canada-EU Trade Agreement), a trade agreement between Canada and the European Union. Rather worryingly, certain provisions of the CETA text seem to be copied and pasted from the ACTA text. Is the European Commission already trying to sneak ACTA in under the radar? Continue reading Vigilance remains necessary
Despite (or maybe thanks to) rumours that the EPP Group in the EU Parliament was going to try some last minute trickery to get ACTA off the agenda for this coming Wednesday, this latest threat has failed to materialize. This means that the countdown to the vote on ACTA in the European Parliament is still running. July 4, 2012 is still the date this final vote is taking place. Is it a coincidence that July 4 is also Independence Day? Continue reading ACTA countdown running