Wednesday 22 March 2023

Dutch civil servants to be banned from using TikTok on work phones

Dutch civil servants to be banned from using TikTok on work phones

National government civil servants are to be banned from having the social media service TikTok on their work phones to remove any potential risk of espionage. Junior justice minister Alexandra van Huffelen told MPs in a briefing on Tuesday that work phones used by the state’s 140,000 civil servants will be adapted so that they can only use approved apps. This means ‘espionage-sensitive apps’ will no longer be accepted, the minister said. The move follows recommendations by national security service... More >

Dutch sign responsible AI pledge

The Netherlands and the US are among 60 countries which signed a commitment to the responsible use of AI, during a conference in The Hague on Thursday. The statement was presented during the REAIM 2023 conference, which brought together governments and interest groups to discuss the ethical uses of artificial intelligence. ‘We are in time to keep AI from spiraling out of control,’ foreign affairs minister Wopke Hoekstra said during the closing programme. Countries signing the call to action pledge... More >

3D image helps solve rape cold case

A 52-year-old man from Schiedam has been arrested in connection with two rapes and one attempted rape in 2010 after a police cold case team used 3D imaging to try to identify him. Police issued a 3D image of the suspect, who attacked three girls aged 13 and 15 in the storage area of flats in Schiedam and Vlaardingen, in 2021. The image, which was life sized and moved, led to 300 tips from members of the public, including one... More >

'Dangerous' algorithms to be monitored

Data protection watchdog Autoriteit Persoonsgegevens (AP) has started monitoring the use of algorithms as part of a government programme to prevent discrimination and exclusion. Both businesses and officialdom use algorithms, for instance in the selection of candidates for jobs, or to decide whether a person should be investigated for fraud based on certain indicators. ‘Algorithms are increasingly used to select people but if they wrongly programmed they can be incredibly dangerous,’ AP director Aleid Wolfsen told broadcaster NOS. The child... More >