Leeuwarder Courant & Dagblad van het Noorden, 30 July 2015: 'Removal of motto signs illegal'
“So argues privacy watchdog Privacy First. "Secret camera surveillance is prohibited in the Netherlands."
The OM wants to get rid of the so-called motto signs along the roadside, which indicate where speed checks are carried out. In 2014, the OM unsuccessfully offered the signs to road administrators such as municipalities and provinces. Only 207 of the 1157 signs placed remain.
'The prosecution's intention to remove warning signs for speed checks is against the law.'
The intention to remove the signs is met with protest from Privacy First, a civil society organisation that advocates for citizens' privacy. According to the organisation, under European law, public camera surveillance must always be reported.
Privacy First chairman Bas Filippini filed a test case earlier this year against route controls, which he also sees as a violation of privacy. The court ruled that it is not, partly because route controls are made known via road signs. The case will now be submitted to the European Court of Human Rights."
Source: Leeuwarder Courant & Dagblad van het Noorden, 30 July 2015, p. 4.