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The 'Sleepwet', literally translated to 'Pull-law' is a new law in the Netherlands regarding privacy.

What the law does is allow the government to monitor all your digital activity, this means anything from you watching porn to a tax machine.

The law also allows to share your information with foreign affairs and make a secret DNA bank where everyone's DNA can be involved in without the person knowing about it.


Intelligence and Security Services Act in force with six additional guarantees

The General Intelligence and Security Service (AIVD) and the Military Intelligence and Security Service (MIVD) have been given additional powers to carry out their work. This mainly involves collecting data from telephone, e-mail and internet traffic. Whether this is over the air or via cable.


The new powers are set out in the law that took effect on 1 May. The powers include six extra guarantees, in addition to the safeguards that are already in the law. Those extra guarantees are already in force; they are in separate policy rules .


Some guarantees come as soon as possible in the law itself. Other possibly later, after evaluation of the law in two years. The government promised this after the referendum in March 2018.


  1. Deployment of powers as focused as possible
    If the AIVD or the MIVD use special powers, they must do so as focused as possible. Not wider than necessary. The minister who gives permission must also pay attention to this. This is also assessed by the independent Review Committee on Use of Powers (TIB). The TIB looks in advance at the use of special powers.

  2. Retention period collected data
    Data that the AIVD and the MIVD collect from the cable may be stored for a maximum of three years. Maximum, because data that is not needed for current research must already be destroyed earlier. In addition, they have to ask for permission to keep data coming from the cable after one year and two years. The AIVD and the MIVD must then demonstrate that it is really necessary for these data to be retained. After three years, the data that have not yet been viewed will be destroyed in any case. That is already in the law.

  3. Cooperation with foreign services
    The AIVD and the MIVD may cooperate with foreign intelligence and security services and exchange information. The exchange of data from the cable that has not yet been viewed by the AIVD or the MIVD itself is not allowed. First there must be a so-called 'weighting note' about cooperation with the other country. This examines various criteria: respect for human rights, the democratic embedding of the security services, the professionalism of the foreign services and how the protection of data and supervision are regulated. Whether and how the exchange of data with another country is, therefore, depends on the weighting note.

  4. Data from the cable hardly from the Netherlands
    When collecting data from the cable, communication in the Netherlands will not or hardly ever occur in the coming years. Exception is research into digital attacks on the digital infrastructure within the Netherlands. For this investigation, the AIVD and the MIVD need access to the same cable. Moreover, the AIVD and the MIVD open only one access point every year to Dutch cable.

  5. Medical data
    If the security services encounter someone's medical data, they must immediately destroy it. With one exception: the AIVD and the MIVD may process medical data as a supplement to other data of a person, and then only if it is unavoidable for the purpose of the investigation.

  6. Journalists
    The law already contains special treatment for journalists. The AIVD and the MIVD may only use special powers for journalists with permission from the District Court of The Hague. In this way the sources of journalists are extra protected.
    The data about journalists themselves now also receive special protection through the new policy rules. This information may not be given to a foreign service. There is only an exception if our national security is at stake.


Translated from Dutch to English


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Sounds like the Dutch version of the NSA/CIA/FBI all rolled into one law.  The only question that comes to mind is how are they going to create a secret DNA bank without the person knowing they are in it?  You need a sample of saliva, hair with roots, blood, or semen to create a DNA sample from.  To do it secretly would mean following everybody around and collecting their eating utensils, straws, or cups and getting the DNA from that when they throw them away.  Which creates another problem in keeping the samples straight. 


In America, the government has been collecting DNA since the early 90s from all members of the military and anyone else in government service (CIA, NSA, FBI, DEA, SS, ATF) who may have a mission overseas in hostile areas, and from prisoners in jails.  They can also access public DNA banks where people post their DNA to find family, and with a warrant can get data from private DNA banks.  But that leaves a large portion of the public who do not have their DNA on file anywhere.


Big Brother has arrived in the Netherlands.

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