I spy with my little eye, something beginning with… F: intelligence agencies and fundamental rights


  • Sophie in ‘t Veld


  • Jan-Jaap Oerlemans
  • Nico Van Eijk
  • Edin Omanovic

Organisation: Privacy Platform

Room: Online 1

Timing: 13:00 - 14:15 on 27 January 2021

The activities of intelligence and security agencies are rapidly digitalising. New powers to analyse large amounts of data are being created, and every year, the pile of available information gets higher. Increasing cooperation and exchange be-tween these agencies is necessary to keep Europe safe, but also has enormous consequences for our right to privacy and data protection. How can our rights and freedoms be reinforced, in balance with newly gained powers by these agencies? Scandal after scandal, we see that adequate supervision and enforcement is lacking. Which legal safeguards are supposed to protect us today, and which gaps are still existing and to be filled, and how? And how does Brexit affect our rights in intelligence cooperation?


Sophie in ‘t Veld


Sophie in 't Veld has been a Member of the European Parliament since 2004. She is a member of the Renew Europe Group and serves as the parliamentary leader of the delegation of the social-liberal Dutch political party Democrats 66 (D66). In 't Veld has built a profile around a number of priorities: privacy and data protection, fundamental rights, rule of law, migration and asylum. As regards privacy and data protection, she is the liberals' shadow rapporteur on the (implementation of the) GDPR and ePrivacy Regulation.
Furthermore, In 't Veld is Renew Europe's coordinator in the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) and chairs its Democracy, Rule of Law and Fundamental Rights Monitoring Group (DRFMG).


Jan-Jaap Oerlemans

Utrecht University (NL)

Jan-Jaap Oerlemans is an endowed professor in ‘Intelligence and Law’ at Utrecht University. In his research he focuses on intelligence, national security, cybersecurity, and the regulation of investigative powers in a digital context.
He obtained his PhD degree for his dissertation ‘Investigating Cybercrime’ in 2017 at Leiden University. Oerlemans published extensively about cybercrime and digital investigations and increasingly on Intelligence, national security and law. He is an editor for the Dutch journal ‘Computerrecht’ and a member of the Cybercrime expert group for the Court of Appeals in The Hague.

Nico Van Eijk

Review Committee on the Dutch Intelligence and Security Services (CTIVD) (NL)

Nico van Eijk is the chair of the Review Committee on the Dutch Intelligence and Security Services (CTIVD, https://english.ctivd.nl/) He is former professor of Media and Telecommunications Law and Director of the Institute for Information Law (IViR, Faculty of Law, University of Amsterdam). He studied Law at the University of Tilburg and received his doctorate from the University of Amsterdam. His fields of research included media, telecommunications, privacy, freedom of expression, national security/surveillance and internet related topics such as internet governance and net neutrality. He also worked as an independent legal adviser, advising law firms, companies and (semi) governmental organizations.

Edin Omanovic

Privacy International (UK)

Edin is Advocacy Director at Privacy International, a London-based NGO which exposes and challenges abuses of power by governments and corporations. His research and advocacy focuses on the security industry, surveillance technology, migration, biometrics, state hacking, border controls, strategic trade controls, intelligence agencies, the telecommunications industry, and security aid. He was previously a researcher at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute where he focused on preventing illicit trafficking.