Justice wants to start tracking all motorists
Every motorist now a potential suspect
In a new far-reaching draft bill, Security and Justice Minister Opstelten wants to start storing the license plates of all cars through camera surveillance for four weeks for tracking purposes. Under current rules, this data must be deleted within 24 hours. Last year, the previous justice minister (Hirsch Ballin) planned to submit a similar proposal with a 10-day retention period. However, the House of Representatives subsequently declared the issue controversial. With his current proposal, Opstelten is still adding a few shovels to the mix. Back in 2008, the Dutch Data Protection Authority (CBP) ruled that police forces did not comply with the rules by storing license plates longer than legally permitted. According to the CBP, all license plates that are not suspicious (so-called "no-hits") should be immediately removed from the databases. So now Opstelten is going straight against this by also storing the license plates of non-suspicious citizens for four weeks.
Listen below to what Privacy First had to say about this on Radio 2 (NCRV, Kranenbarg junction, 11 Jan 2011):