Authority Calls for "Sharper Teeth"
DATA PROTECTION—NETHERLANDSMay 12, 2011
The Dutch data protection authority (CBP) has said that the Netherlands "needs a privacy watchdog with sharper teeth," Dutch News.nl reports. The authority must be able to ensure that government, companies and individuals take appropriate care of people's personal data, said Jacob Kohnstamm, head of the CBP, noting that technological advances have made it possible to track individuals' behavioral patterns. In his annual report, Kohnstamm noted the almost limitless options to store and process information, making it increasingly difficult to keep watch over such processes and to be sure data is appropriately handled and protected.