Edward Snowden on privacy and the Netherlands

This March 2014 video is called Edward Snowden: Here’s how we take back the Internet.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Snowden: The Netherlands has learned nothing

Today, 10:31

The Netherlands has not learned from the revelations about spying practices of governments. This said whistleblower Edward Snowden during the presentation of the Big Brother Awards in Amsterdam. He spoke via video link.

Snowden is disappointed that the two Dutch secret services AIVD and MIVD want to follow the same path as the NSA in the United States. “The Netherlands makes its laws worse.”

Dutch intelligence may now not yet intercept data running through cables (except telephone), but the government plans to change that, because a large part of the Internet is connected through large network cables.

Decrypt command

Snowden also discussed the so-called decrypt command, which Dutch Minister Opstelten of Security and Justice is in favour of. If the decrypt command will be there, then terror suspects and others will be required to surrender their passwords to the police.

Snowden notes that anyone will forget passwords. “You change your password on Friday, on Monday you come back to the office and then you may have forgotten the new password. If that happens with your iPhone and there is a decrypt command, you will go to jail, because the police will not believe you.”

Another problem with the decrypt command, according to Snowden, is that it actually asks defendants to testify against themselves.

GERMAN RESEARCHERS FIND HACKERS CAN HEAR YOUR CELL CALLS: “German researchers have discovered security flaws that could let hackers, spies and criminals listen to private phone calls and intercept text messages on a potentially massive scale – even when cellular networks are using the most advanced encryption now available. The flaws, to be reported at a hacker conference in Hamburg this month, are the latest evidence of widespread insecurity on SS7, the global network that allows the world’s cellular carriers to route calls, texts and other services to each other.” [WaPo]

German TV documentary on the hunt for Edward Snowden: here.

Mass surveillance is fundamental threat to human rights, says European report. Europe’s top rights body says scale of NSA spying is ‘stunning’ and suggests UK powers may be at odds with rights convention: here.

THE GOVERNMENT COULD BE TRACKING YOUR CAR: “The Justice Department has been building a national database to track in real time the movement of vehicles around the U.S., a secret domestic intelligence-gathering program that scans and stores hundreds of millions of records about motorists, according to current and former officials and government documents.” [WSJ]

Snowden: total surveillance has not prevented a single terrorist act: here.

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