With the transition to a cashless society, millimeter wave body scanners, stop and search, WiFi and Bluetooth scanning by default, and G4S everywhere, the construction of the Dutch surveillance state seems to be on schedule for completion in time for the swearing in of prime minister Wilders in about ten year’s time.

War is Peace,
Freedom is Slavery,
Surveillance is Privacy

@aral is doing the same on large train stations. Btw, wich airport is that?

@aral none of that feels like my privacy is ensured...

oooo that's creepy. I mean,...I've expected it but it still is creepy

@aral Gibson preconed all this, but we took his visions for novels....

@aral If they have to go out of their way to say "your privacy is assured" on a sign then that probably means it isn't.

The phrase:
"Your privacy is ensured."
is like putting "honest" at the end of a sentence, it confirms what has just been stated is a pack of lies.

@aral Welcome to the Netherlands 🙂 You will also find this on larger trainstations in our country...

@fitheach @aral I'm not quite sure. We have a history of surveillance and tracking around public transport. I'll look into it.


How convenient for the corporations watching us, we can be traced every step.

And it's not limited to Schiphol, some time ago upon leaving a food truck festival (held in a public area), this sign explained to me I had been tracked unknowingly via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.

@rik @aral That's exactly why I do not use any of those so called « smart » f**** devices.
My personnal direct answer to the « there is no alternative » paradigm under the one those tracking devices where born.

@rik @aral doesn't this need 'active consent' now? Or is that just for online tracking?

@rik @aral I wonder, putting your device in airplane mode be sufficient? Or better switch off the whole thing?

@rik @aral Creepy. So I guess now we need a single button on the phone to toggle bluetooth and wifi on or off.


Might be a silly question but what does "bluetooth and wifi tracking" mean in this context?

@switchingsocial Tracking your location via WiFi and Bluetooth. I guess it might also refer to tracking your online activity if you connect via their open WiFi network (I didn’t check if there was one) but usually it refers to the former.

@aral I'm in Schipol just now. I opted out of the body scanner (with no issues) and randomize my MAC addresses to make tracking data unlinkable. There are ways you can make your voice heard.

@frank @aral

Although following the privacy link on the sign I then had to download a 29 page document on which the wifi/bluetooth and tracking is only described in detail on page 10.

Main reason given is simply "the legitimate ", around which are claims its being done to track flows of people and travel methods for planning, data is anonymised and also how long it is kept for (standard EU requirements)

All of this is only available in Dutch, not the English version of the site >>

@frank @vfrmedia @aral Exterion is a British company. We complained a lot and it seemed to help, for a while, but...

@KeaW @frank @aral from looking at their own website these are widely deployed in the Underground and maybe elsewhere in London.

Ipswich isn't yet affluent enough for them, we have a few JCDecaux electronic boards outside shops and in the main bit of town, I don't know 100% if these have cameras (I thnk the one outside Asda might have them)

@frank @aral

* that should have read "the legitimate interest" (het gerechtvaardigd belang) , but I could equally interpret that as meaning (in either Dutch or English) as "the law /allows/ us to do it, it helps our business so we will do it" (which is the same reasons given in London)

@vfrmedia @frank @aral Which reminds me... if you turn off WiFi on your phone, but (on Android at least) you have location set to "accurate", your phone will still use wifi and bt every now and again to determine your location. Wonder if you're leaking MACs then too. I am using a geofencing app to turn off WiFi when I leave my house or work, but that might not be enough.

Does this happen in other countries, but only the Netherlands are honest about it?

@aral and that's why you need MAC address randomization on all network interfaces

@aral the nice folks at schipol strip-searched me because my jeans were too thick...

You are free as long as you do what everybody else does. #privacyMatters

you forgot the most relevant verse:
ignorance is strength
(widely practiced)

surveillance is protection
also fitting

@aral There's a village near the German border that isn't and won't soon be connected to the Dutch optical fiber network. The villagers requested a connection to the German network, but this was forbidden by the Dutch government. The Dutch govt probably can't intercept data on a foreign network so easily...

[cw: -useless opinion] 

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