ITProPortal is in Brussels at the 27th annual Information Security Solutions Europe Conference (ISSE), one of Europe’s largest gatherings of cyber security experts.

Troels Oerting of the Danish police gave a fascinating opening keynote defending the right of the police to use surveillance over the Internet. It certainly ruffled some feathers in Brussels, but here are some of the highlights so you can make up your own mind.

At the moment I’m taking a lot of flak from privacy people on the Internet, because I want police and law enforcement to have access to people’s data on the Internet. I know this is controversial. We all live in European countries, and you might have a government you trust, who gives you rules about how you live in the world.

We also give our government the right to interfere in our basic rights to freedom, to private ownership or free speech, so that when police see someone committing a crime, we can act. So when I acted in the Danish police, I could arrest them and deprive them of freedom. I could also use violence against people – I had a baton, and pepper spray. And of course ultimately I was able to actually kill people if I deemed it necessary…

Read the full article on ITProPortal by Paul Cooper