Digital rights groups blast Dutch computer plan

Digital rights groups blast Dutch computer plan

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BERLIN, GERMANY - DECEMBER 28: A participant sits with a laptop computer as he attends the annual Chaos Communication Congress of the Chaos Computer Club at the Berlin Congress Center on December 28, 2010 in Berlin, Germany. The Chaos Computer Club is Europe's biggest network of computer hackers and its annual congress draws up to 3,000 participants. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

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Posted on December 4, 2012 at 9:24 AM

AMSTERDAM (AP) -- Digital rights groups have called on the Dutch justice minister to retract a proposal that would give the country's police the right to break into computers, including foreign citizens' computers, to combat cybercrime.

   Minister Ivo Opstelten says investigators have the right to install Internet taps with court permission, citing the need to fight online pedophiles. That sometimes requires breaking into computers.

   But a coalition of rights groups -- including the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Netherlands' Bits of Freedom -- say other countries will likely follow suit and then attempt to enforce their own laws abroad.

   The coalition said "these local laws would not solely address cybercrime, but also issues deemed illegal in other countries, such as blasphemy and political criticism."

   The Dutch parliament debates the proposal this week.
 

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