Vincent Böhre studied International and European Law as well as Dutch Law at the University of Amsterdam. During his studies he worked as a researcher at the law firm Loyens & Loeff. He then worked at Amnesty International and was commissioned by the Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR) to conduct a study into the Dutch biometric passport. In the field of the right to privacy and data protection, he has been active for several years at the Netherlands Committee of Jurists for Human Rights (NJCM). From 2010 - 2013 he was also chairman of the Dutch Platform for the Protection of Civil Rights (Platform Bescherming Burgerrechten).
"In the first decade of the 21st century the right to privacy in the Netherlands has come under enormous pressure. On the one hand this has been the result of the collective mindset after '9/11', in which there seemed to be ever less room for classic civil rights such as the right to privacy. On the other hand it was the outcome of rapid technological developments that brought along inherent privacy risks. Examples of this are the rise of the Internet, mobile telephony, camera surveillance and biometrics, all of which are technologies that are intended to serve Mankind but that could just as well disrupt society. For example through abuse or ill-thought out use without proper privacy guarantees. An ICT dream can then quickly turn into a societal nightmare. These observations were the reason the Privacy First Foundation was founded in March 2009. Only a few months later (in the summer of 2009) the first turning point in Dutch society was perceivable: the storage of fingerprints under the new Dutch Passport Act led to a torrent of criticism, courtesy also of the pressure exerted by Privacy First. This subsequently acted as a societal lever: due to all the fuss surrounding the Passport Act a widely supported Dutch privacy movement came to life. Since then Privacy First has gradually expanded its area of work while the theme of privacy has climbed ever higher on the agenda of Dutch society..."
Read further HERE in Privacy First's annual report 2011!
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It’s all about being effective. Therefore the Privacy First Foundation files lawsuits and takes legal action aiming at the amendment of laws that lead our society in the wrong direction. Furthermore, we sometimes organise campaigns to alert the public, like our successful GemeenteGarantieBrief ('Municipality Guarantee Letter') campaign in relation to the Dutch Passport Act. Of course we also cooperate with other privacy organisations, legal experts, scientists, human rights organisations and private individuals where possible.
A lawsuit is so expensive that in fact the government feels entirely free to constrain your freedom indefinitely. Surely, no ordinary citizen can wait for 8 years and spend 200,000 Euros on a court case. What’s more, the government can spend an unrestricted amount of money on legal action, that is to say, it’s YOUR tax money that they are spending. By supporting Privacy First financially, we are able to file joint lawsuits which represent the privacy interests of all citizens.
If you do not undertake any action we will all be doomed in five years time. It’s as simple as that. You can read about how quickly things develop in the press and on websites like ours.
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