Insurance providers in the Netherlands should not pay ransom on behalf of organizations which fall victim to ransomware, Justice and Security Minister Ferd Grapperhaus advised on Wednesday. In a letter addressed to parliament over issues of cybersecurity, Grapperhaus advised insurance providers to instead pay out the cost of damages organizations incur by not paying the ransom, believing that paying the ransoms themselves will only incentivize further criminality.
The home of Kerkrade Mayor Jos Som is under 24 hour daily security with both patrol units and undercover police cars driving around the building, RTL Nieuws reported on Tuesday. Tension between the municipality and local motorcycle gangs has escalated during recent months, and may have resulted in the additional security measures, the broadcaster suggested.
Dutch police are considering going on strike during the KNVB Cup final match between PEC Zwolle and FC Groningen at De Kuip on May 3, the Dutch Police Union (NPB) announced on their website. The strike is part of protests for the lack of new collective agreement.
Following the NOS hostage incident in Hilversum on Thursday evening, the NPO 1 broadcast remained blacked out over an hour stating "Due to certain circumstances, no news at the moment". The Minister of Security and Justice, Ivo Opstelten, finds it unacceptable that the national public broadcaster dropped away from the transmitter.
Minister of Security and Justice Ivo Opstelten made the three millionth contactless payment in the Netherlands on Monday. The purchase was made at a Kruidvat in Leidschendam, with Opstelten speaking to reporters about advances in technology paving the way for Dutch consumers to keep their wallets in their pockets at the checkout counter.
Minster Opstelten of Security and Justice wants to increase the court fees greatly, but on Prinsjedag he will announce that the increase has been scaled back, RTL News reports.
The PVV wants to have a Parliament debate about the increased number of asylum seekers coming into the country. According to PVV- MP Sietse Fritsma, the party may present state secretary Fred Teeven of Security and Justice with a vote of no confidence.
Motorcycle club Veterans has issued a declaration against Minister Ivo Opstelten of Security and Justice. The club believes that the Minister consciously damaged their name by spreading fallacious information about them. The veterans are accusing Opstelten of defamation and abuse.
Minister of Security and Justice Ivo Opstelten seems not happy with increased incidents during this year’s New Year celebrations compared to last year.
Like all politicians who have/had to do with the incidents around the arrested activists on inauguration day, Minister Ivo Opstelten said, during the question hour in the House on Tuesday, that he regrets these arrests happened.
GroenLinks MP Liesbeth van Tongeren asked the Minister of Security and Justice about the arrests of the activists Maessen and van der Hoek.
“This should have never happened and demonstrations against the monarchy should be possible in the Netherlands,” answered the Minister.
The Association of Offical Coffeeshops in Maastricht (VOCM) will continue to sell soft drugs to Belgians and Germans, despite the fact that mayor Onno Hoes of Maastricht ordered them to stop selling to foreigners.
Marc Josemans, spokesman for the VOCM says that the ridiculous idea of the mayor and the council will bring back the street dealers. “We have tried this for one year and it was very unsuccessful. That is not only our opinion but the opinion of almost everybody in Maastricht.”
The CDA wants Minister Ivo Opstelten (Security and Justice) to put a stop to the construction of a large sex palace in Hoofddorp (Noord Holland). According to CDA MP Peter Oskam, such a complex will attract all sorts of shady businesses, such as drug trafficking, human trafficking and illegal prostitution.
On Wednesday, Oskam asked Opstelten what could still be done to stop the construction of the mega brothel. Because most residents of Haarlemmermeer and Hoofddorp are against the sex palace, he thinks that the entertainment complex should not be built.