"The Dutch government endorses the importance of strong encryption for the internet safety, in support of the protection of the privacy of citizens, for confidential communications of Government and businesses, and for the Dutch economy," the ministry's spokesman Edmond Messchaert said.
On January 4, the ministry issued a statement opposing increased date surveillance powers, affirming that such a move would endanger systems, making companies and individuals vulnerable to "criminals, terrorists and foreign intelligence services."
While Amsterdam recognizes the need for rightful data access, removing data protection is not an appropriate way to achieve such ends, Messchaert said, adding that administrations, businesses and citizens stand to benefit from maximum data security.
Britain's Home Secretary Theresa May is set to soon propose the "snoopers' charter" Investigatory Powers Bill to parliament. If approved, the bill will give Britain's spies sweeping powers while forcing internet companies to keep records on all users. The bill has been criticized by technology companies, as well as the Information Commissioner's Office watchdog, for threatening to breach personal security.