JUL 7 DIGEST: New Dutch Law on Bulk Surveillance Allows Bitcoin Network Tapping; Irish Company Offers BTC Services to Greek Businesses

A new law introduced in the Netherlands last week could allow surveillance to tap the Bitcoin network, the Irish company Spartan Route comes to the rescue of Greek businesses with an innovative service proposal using Bitcoin to avoid capital controls, and more top stories for July 7.

New Dutch Law on Bulk Surveillance Allows Tapping of Bitcoin Network

A new law introduced in the Netherlands last week could allow surveillance operations to tap the Bitcoin network if investigations require it. The Dutch government released the bill for public consultation, meaning that there is still an opportunity for members of the Bitcoin community to weigh in with their suggestions.

According to technical security consultant Matthijs Koot:

“The services are authorized to, using a technical aid, wiretap, receive, record and listen to any form of telecommunications or data transfer via an automated work [a computerized system] regardless of location.”

Irish Company Offers Invoicing and Bitcoin Payment Service to Greek Businesses

With the banking system locked down, capital controls are preventing Greek citizens from accessing cash, disrupting the country's economy. Now, Irish venture Spartan Route has come to the rescue of Greek businesses with an innovative service proposal: they will invoice their Greek clients’ foreign customers in euros, collect payment, then send Bitcoin back to Greece.

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