Privacy protected poorly in NL

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The Netherlands scores poorly on an international ranking for privacy protection.

3 January 2008

RIJSWIJK – Privacy is poorly protected in the Netherlands, according to the annual overview from British Privacy International. The Netherlands is categorised among the countries that systematically fail to protect privacy.

The British organisation says that the Netherlands scores so poorly because of the identification requirement, the possibility of tapping phone conversations and the requirement to store internet data. The Netherlands comes in 21st place on a ranking of EU countries.

The Netherlands received a 2.1 on a scale of 1 to 5, compared to a score of 2.3 a year earlier. Greece scored the best in Europe with a 3.1, followed by Romania, Hungary, Slovenia and Portugal. France and the UK scored the worst, each receiving a 1.4. Worldwide Russia, China and Malaysia scored the worst, all receiving a 1.3. The US received a score of 1.5.

Privacy International has worked with the American Electronic Privacy Information Center surveying privacy protection worldwide since 1997.

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