Wednesday 16 October 2019

Watchdog again criticises secret services over telephone and internet taps

Watchdog again criticises secret services over telephone and internet taps

The Dutch civilian and military secret services have again been sharing information with foreign agencies without sticking to the rules, regulator CTIVD said on Tuesday. The services have been collecting data and sharing it with foreign security services without properly checking what they are handing over, the watchdog said. This is only allowed with ministerial permission, and that has not always been requested. The watchdog referred to problems involving 12 AIVD projects with foreign security agencies and 10 operated by... More >




Local councils oppose 'messy' 5G antennas

  Local councils are sounding the alarm about the use of public space to accommodate 5G telecommunication networks, the FD reports. At least ten local councils, including Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Eindhoven, have said they are not happy about proposed changes to the telecommunications law which would force local authorities to make public space available for a new network of antennas. The 5G network needs more antennas because the higher frequencies have a lower range. They are also more... More >



Dutchmen fined $2280 for Area 51 adventure

Two young Dutchmen arrested in the US for trying to enter a military base part of Nevada known as Area 51, have been each fined $2,280 and ordered to stay away from the area for a year, website Nu.nl reported. The men, Ties Granzier aged 20 and Govert Sweep aged 21, both run YouTube channels and there was a drone, camera and laptops with them in the car they were driving. They were arrested a week ago, three miles inside... More >




Hundreds protest against 5G phone networks

Several hundred people have taken part in a demonstration in The Hague against the imminent arrival of 5G mobile phone networks in the Netherlands. The demonstrators marched from Centraal Station to the Binnenhof and back carrying banners with slogans including ‘5G = killing us softly’ and ‘Wij zijn geen proefkonijnen’ (We’re not guinea pigs). The protestors have called for the government to reduce the level of permitted radiation from the new generation mobile phones, improve privacy regulations and assess the... More >


CM.com considers IPO in Amsterdam

Dutch technology company CM.com, which runs messaging services for companies and is providing the ticketing infrastructure for the Dutch Grand Prix, is considering an IPO in Amsterdam, the Financieele Dagblad said on Monday. If the IPO goes ahead, it will be the first in Amsterdam since payment system Ayden launched last year. Sources told the FD that ABN Amro and Jefferies have been brought in to lead the process and that investors have already been approached. A formal decision still... More >




We look at screens too long: teens

Dutch teenagers think they are spending too much time on their phones, laptops and tablets and seven in 10 regret not spending more time outside, new research  commissioned by the Volkskrant reveals. The survey, among 569 youngsters aged between 10 and 22, showed that they spent an average of three hours and 20 minutes a day looking at a screen outside school hours. Like their parents, the teens themselves think 2.5 hours would be a more responsible amount of time.... More >