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Surveillance of Welfare Recipients Violates Human Rights, Dutch Court Rules

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A Dutch court has ordered the immediate halt of an automated surveillance system for detecting welfare fraud because it violates human rights.

The UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston, applauded the verdict and said it was “a clear victory for all those who are justifiably concerned about the serious threats digital welfare systems pose for human rights”.

The decision “sets a strong legal precedent for other courts to follow”, he added.

A broad coalition of privacy and welfare rights groups, backed by the largest Dutch trade union, argued that poor neighborhoods and their inhabitants were being spied on digitally without any concrete suspicion of individual wrongdoing.

Curated from The Guardian

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