De Nederlandse wereldomroep (RNW) heeft een interessant debat online geplaatst, over dataretentie, tussen Simon Hania, technisch directeur XS4ALL en Sybrand van Haarsma Buma, Tweede Kamer lid voor het CDA. Het debat duurt 40 minuten en is te beluisteren in Windows Media en Real Audio formaat stream.
Daarnaast staat er op de website van RNW een uitgebreide samenvatting van het debat in het Engels. Een stukje hiervan staat hieronder:
Simon Hania on the lack of transparency about the laws being brought into fight terrorism:
“We are now on a slippery slope. All these measures are put into place under the word terrorism. And it’s hard to find someone who will say ‘I’m not willing to give up something just to make sure I’m freed from terrorists.’ What is now happening with all this legislation, for example with the data retention law in the Netherlands, it is being put into place for every criminal offence with a penal sentence of four years imprisonment or more – non-terrorist crimes.”
“How do we know that the government we want to trust, we really can trust?”
Sybrand van Haarsma Buma on the concerns that everyone will come under suspicion:
“The security forces will know things about me, more than they could know some years ago but that does not mean to say that they will make everybody a suspect. In this country it has not been the case that by data retention people became a real suspect of terrorist behaviour. I know there is a very slight chance that it happens to you, but on the other hand when I know it is necessary to have the data in order to be ahead of an attack, then I think that is one of the things I have to give in as a citizen to make it possible that our democracy is protected against terrorism.”
“One should not paint a picture of a security web that is looking for data all day, everywhere. It is still focused. But as it is so difficult to find which group will be the one that hits and the one that will place a bomb, one will always look further than only one or two people.”