Friday, December 12, 2014 - 14:47
Edward Snowden Q&A set for Amsterdam
Whistle blower Edward Snowden is set to give a speech via video link at the Big Brother Awards in Amsterdam on Tuesday. He will also answer public questions. Every year the Big Brother Awards puts the biggest privacy violators in the spotlight. This can be individuals, businesses and governments. One of the contenders is again Minister Ivo Opstelten of Security and Justice. He is nominated because of the "preservation of data retention, the continuation of his 'hack plans', wanting to store licence plate and location data, ignoring privacy concerns and making suspects of all Dutchmen", according to civil rights movement Bits of Freedom, the initiator of the prizes. Opstelten also received an award in 2011 and 2013. Edward Snowden just received an award from the organization for his "outstanding contribution to the promotion of privacy". Snowden worked as an administrator for the US Secret Service and revealed secret files and other information.