The Netherlands wants to be a frontrunner in the field of digitization. That is a great ambition, but with a downside. Our privacy is under increasing pressure. Often, we pay with our personal data for access to countless digital platforms and services. It seems free, but unconsciously we pay a high price.
Many people hardly realise how much information they hand out. More and more parties are monitoring our online behaviour. Our data is linked and sold on. This creates a digital profile on the basis of which companies and even governments make decisions. These often have a major impact on our lives, without us having any influence on it. Our profile also determines which information we do and do not see, so that we are unconsciously influenced. The imbalance of power between large tech companies and the government vis-à-vis the individual and the citizen must be restored. Without intervention, polarisation will increase and this will damage democracy.
We now have to reverse that trend. Because the digitization of society is accelerating and dependence is increasing, now is the time to arrange things properly. Let the Netherlands not only lead the way in digitization, but also be a frontrunner in the field of digital privacy and better protection for everyone.
Legislation is underway at both European and national level to curb the unbridled use of personal data. But regulation and supervision alone will not be enough; developments are happening so fast that we are always behind the times. A social change is needed. The basic principle should be that everyone should also have access to their own data, regardless of who processes it. It must be transparent for what our data is collected for and what happens with it. We must be confident that our data will not be unknowingly used for other purposes – and certainly not used, linked and resold without our explicit permission. We should not be constantly tempted to provide more data than we actually want to give and then is necessary. Respect for privacy should be the norm, also in the digital world.
The Privacy Coalition consists of a number of initiators and co-signatories. The initiators believe that more needs to be done for a healthier digital society than stricter legislation. There are clearly opportunities. Both politics and society can play an important role. Many organisations and persons with a social function have now rallied behind the manifesto. Those are the co-signers.
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