Read the Parliamentary questions here (PDF, in Dutch).
Following recent reports on the not so modest role of the Netherlands in cybercrime and other illegal acts on the internet, Dutch MP Gesthuizen (Socialist Party) asked questions to Minister of Security and Justice Opstelten yesterday. From the questions, it is quite clear that MP Gesthuizen is very committed to creating a more stringent regulatory climate for hosting provider activities, and for combating cybercrime in the Netherlands.
Gesthuizen particularly wants to know from the Minister of Security and Justice, what he thinks of the McAfee report‘s statements that 75% of all hacked and malicious websites that attempt to infect visitors in Europe and Middle East via ‘drive-by download’s originate from servers hosted in the Netherlands. The MP furthermore refers to our recent post on FutureOnCopyright.com on the significant role of the Netherlands and the University of Tilburg’s network in the (illegal) seeding and uploading of content to The Pirate Bay, and other reports on cybercrime, spam and ‘rogue providers’ in the Netherlands.
Gesthuizen seems to be convinced that the current Dutch policy on cybercrime should be fiercer and urges the Dutch government to make clear and pro-active policy on what is and is not allowed in regards of hosting activities.
The Netherlands, after the U.S. and Canada, appeared to be the third country in regards of initial seeders of torrent files published on The Pirate Bay
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