Dutch proposal to search and destroy foreign computers
On 15 October, the Dutch ministry of Justice and Security proposed powers for the police to break into computers, install spyware, search computers and destroy data. These powers would extend to computers located outside the Netherlands. Dutch digital rights movement Bits of Freedom warns for the unacceptable risks to cybersecurity and calls on other countries to strongly oppose the proposal.
Three new powers: spy, search and destroy
The proposal (Dutch, PDF) would grant powers to the Dutch police to break into computers, including mobile phones, via the internet in order to:
- install spyware, allowing the police to overtake the computer;
- search data on the computer, including data on computers located in other countries; and
- destroy data on the computer, including data on computers located in other countries.