Netherlands will hold referendum on new surveillance law: ANP news agency

Reuters News
Posted: Nov 01, 2017 5:29 AM

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The Netherlands will hold a referendum on legislation giving law enforcement authorities far-reaching surveillance powers, Dutch news agency ANP reported on Wednesday.

A range of activists, politicians and media groups want to overturn the "tapping law", which was passed by parliament in July and allows agencies to gather data covertly from large groups of people at once.

Dutch law obliges the government to hold a non-binding referendum if a petition with at least 300,000 signatures is submitted to the Voting Commission.

(Reporting by Anthony Deutsch; Editing by Catherine Evans)