Dutch news in brief, 13 July 2005

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Two minute silence for London victims

Two minute silence for London victims

The government has called on the public to observe a two minute silence from 1pm on Thursday in honour of the victim of the terrorist blasts in London. A delegation from the Dutch government will attend a ceremony to a special commemoration at the British Embassy in The Hague and Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende will lay a wreath on behalf of the government.

Dutch ISPs defend customer data

A court in the Netherlands has ruled that forcing Dutch internet service providers (ISPs) to hand over data on peer-to-peer file swapping by their customers would amount to a breach of privacy.  Music industry watchdog BREIN had demanded that five ISPs — UPC, Wanadoo, Tiscali, KPN and Essent Kabelcom — provide information on internet users who download large amounts of music and films. The Dutch court ruled BREIN had illegally obtained the names of the alleged internet pirates through a US research company.

Dutch to prosecute more drug couriers

Justice officials are to toughen up the prosecution policy in relation to cocaine smugglers intercepted at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport. From now on more passengers caught with the drug on arrival at the airport will be prosecuted because the number of couriers has declined and border controls have improved, the Justice Ministry announced on Wednesday. Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner decided at the end of 2003 to limit prosecutions because the system was being overwhelmed by the number of drug couriers from the Netherlands Antilles and Suriname being caught.

Sixty pc of school students have a job

Six out of ten secondary school students in the Netherlands have a job for the summer vacation. The most important motivation factors are money, work experience and a way to avoid boredom, according to a survey of 700 pupils by trade union confederation FNV. The union has launched a campaign to inform people with summer jobs about their rights and duties.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

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