Tuesday 19 October 2021

Kilometer tax info will be used by state

Information stored in the kilometer tax meters every driver must have in 2012 will be used by government investigators if the ‘security of the state’ is at risk, the Telegraaf claims on Wednesday.


Police and security service investigators will also be able to access the information in the ‘prevention, detection and pursuit of criminal acts’, the paper says.
The information comes from ‘an explanation of the draft legislation’, the paper says, without giving sources.
On Friday ministers gave the green light to the the implementation of the kilometer tax for all drivers. Each car on the roads will be fitted with a GPS device which will use satellites to monitor where and when the car is driven and send the information to a central billing point.
The ministry said on Friday the information collected about motoring habits would be ‘legally and technically’ protected and would not be accessible to other government agencies.
Big Brother
‘It is a real Big Brother is watching you story,’ said Liberal MP Charlie Aptrots in the Telegraaf.
But ChristenUnie MP Ernst Cramer said the fuss about privacy is exaggerated. ‘[Information stored on] my supermarket bonus card and mobile phone mean my life is already out in the open,’ he said.
The Telegraaf has mounted a strong campaign against the kilometer tax since last week.
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