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Companies operating in the Netherlands are concerned that a new government surveillance law may undermine the country’s status as an internet hub.

The updated Dutch Information and Security Services Act, which will greatly expand the powers of security services to intercept personal and communications data, takes effect Jan. 1, 2018. Companies are worried that they will be forced to hand over more customer personal data, undercutting people’s trust in digital communications, the privacy and communications pros said.

The law could lead to internet users “suspecting their information is not safe,” said Tim Toornvliet, a spokesman for Nederland ICT, which represents more than 550 information and communication companies operating in the Netherlands, including U.S.-based computer networking services company Juniper Networks Inc. and Taiwanese multinational hardware and electronics company Acer Inc.

By Stephen Gardner. Read the article in full at Bloomberg BNA.

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