MCH2022

How I made the municipality pay a 600.000 euro fine for invading your privacy
2022-07-23, 12:40–13:10, Battery πŸ”‹

When gathering data for public services becomes privacy infringement and what you as a citizen can do about it. Or: How I made the municipality pay a 600.000 euro fine for invading your privacy.

In September 2017 The Municipality of Enschede started tracking visitor movements in the city center 24/7 by registering their mobile phones WIFI MAC addresses. Is this an infringement on our privacy, even when the underlying identities remain concealed?


When gathering data for public services becomes privacy infringement and what you as a citizen can do about it. Or: How I made the municipality pay a 600.000 euro fine for invading your privacy.

In September 2017 The Municipality of Enschede started tracking visitor movements in the city center 24/7 by registering their mobile phones WIFI MAC addresses. Is this an infringement on our privacy, even when the underlying identities remain concealed? Yes it is, claimed speaker and privacy activist Dave Borghuis. After a 4 year process the dutch dpa agreed and Enschede was charge a massive fine for its infringement. Now, can we learn from this case? Where does or should our privacy start? And what can we, as citizens, do to protect our freedom to move about in privacy?

Read more on my blog https://daveborghuis.nl/wp/wifi-tracking/

Founder of hackerspace TkkrLab that I started in 2010 and still active in. Created https://mapall.space , a β€˜live’ map with all active hackerspaces / fablabs / makerspaces. Privacy activist that got municipality Enschede fined, member Pirate party and former candidate House of Representatives , volunteer for site hackerspace.org.

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