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Europe Data Protection Digest | Dutch voters reject internet surveillance bill Related reading: Tracking the politics of US privacy legislation

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A surveillance bill has been shot down by Dutch voters by a slim margin, Reuters reports. The legislation would have given intelligence agencies the ability to tap into internet traffic, store any collected data for three years, and share it with other intelligence agencies. With 89 percent of votes counted, 48.8 percent of Dutch citizens voted against the bill, while 47.3 percent voted for the law. Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s government pushed the bill forward as a way to bolster national security. “Voters have given a clear signal,” Bits of Freedom Director Hans de Zwart said in a statement. “This law is not good enough and needs fundamental improvements.”
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