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Dutch Ruling a Victory for Rights of the Poor

Expand Social housing seen in Rotterdam, Netherlands, January 1, 2016. © 2016 Robert B. Fishman/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images Today, a Netherlands court ordered the Dutch government to halt its use of SyRI, an automated program that analyzes a wide range of personal and sensitive data to predict how likely people are to commit tax or benefits fraud. The ruling affirms that individuals who need social security support should be treated as rights-holders whose privacy matters, and not suspects to be constantly surveilled. The Hague District Court made clear that transparency is needed to guard…

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