Dutch government contemplates counter hacking

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


About Wout de Natris

As a consultant I specialise in establishing new and different relationships between industry, governments and law enforcement where internet safety and the fight against cyber crime are concerned. This makes me a bridge builder. Hence the blogs name. In this blog I intend to stress the need for interaction, cooperation and exchange of information in order to change the mentioned relationships. On offer: a comprehensive training on all non-technical aspects of spam enforcement and a cyber awareness presentation for companies and institutions
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