In answer to parliamentary questions Dutch Security and Justice minister Opstelten gives the view that Dutch police should be able to counter hack computer(systems) as an enforcement tool against cyber crime (and worse, I suppose). The Cyber crime law needs amending for this. Here’s the link to parliament member Recourts questions and Opsteltens answers.
What are your views on this? Do we have examples in the world? Best practices?
My view? I think we need to be very careful with tools like this. As a last resort in very severe and/or potential life threatening situations, maybe. There should be a careful scrutiny by the judicial system before and after using this tool in place. Definitely this should not become a daily routine. There will be no privacy left to people. Privacy is after all one of the greatest goods in a democratic society.
Wout de Natris
Leiderdorp, 2 December 2010