Netherlands poor in privacy rankings

The Netherlands scores poorly when it comes to protecting citizens’ privacy, according to a report published by the British watchdog Privacy International on Thursday.

Holland is ranked as the 21st worst country in the European Union when it comes to privacy with a score of 2.1 out of five, reports ANP news service. Last year it won 2.3 points.
According to the researchers, the Netherlands fares badly because citizens are obliged to carry an identification card and because of telephone tapping procedures and internet data storage regulations.
Greece tops the EU privacy list with a 3.1 score while Britain and France are at the bottom both with a 1.4 points. The US gets 1.5 points, just ahead of China, Russia and Malaysia which are all given a 1.3.

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