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Welfare Surveillance on Trial in the Netherlands

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Expand Main building of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment and the Ministry of Health, Welfare, and Sport in The Hague, Netherlands. © 2019 Sipa via AP Images The Netherlands is consistently ranked as one of the world’s strongest democracies. You might be surprised to learn that it is also home to one of the most intrusive surveillance systems that automates tracking and profiling of the poor.  On 29 October, the District Court of the Hague held hearings on the legality of Systeem Risico Indicatie (SyRI), the Dutch government’s automated system for detecting welfare fraud. The lawsuit,…

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