Lower House behind hackwet and 'lokpubers'

Lower House behind hackwet and 'lokpubers'

Tech December 21, 2016 07:00

THE HAGUE - The Lower House on Tuesday approved the 'hackwet' that police and justice provides the ability to break into digital devices for investigating serious crimes. It should also be easier with the law to use 'lokpubers' line to prosecute child abusers who try to get in contact with minors.

A proposal by VVD and CDA that these may also be a 'virtual creation of a person' Tuesday also received support. A familiar example is the lifelike virtual lokmeisje 'Sweetie, that children's charity Terre des Hommes websekstoeristen has been able to detect.

Despite the majority of the hackwet (official name Cybercrime III) is also controversial. PVV, D66, GroenLinks and SP also voted against.

The fear is that the police and judiciary vulnerabilities in the software that are not yet known to the manufacturer will use to enter, but will not report immediately in the interest of the investigation. With the result that these loopholes for criminals also longer remain open.

The House wants that this remains an exception. The magistrate should therefore be given the final say whether a vulnerability should become immediately reported, or later in the interest of the investigation.

Hans Guijt, project of Terre des Hommes is satisfied. 'This decision of the House is more than justified, a major step forward and delivers a new, essential weapon in the fight against the alarming increase in sexual abuse of children on the Internet. '

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