The public space of Zoetermeer city center is no public space at all. The city center was the last neighborhood to be built to the planned-from-the-ground-up town of Zoetermeer, and it is mostly shopping centers. It is owned by a private company, which is responsible for maintenance and surveillance.
Privacy Statement is a semi-legal installation of traffic signs and CCTV-cameras, that parasite onto lampposts and that have an encrypted connection to the free/public WIFI. Sending your image from the streets to your phone, Privacy Statement crosses the border between one highly contested public space to the other. All passersby are invited to a free-of-charge virtual self-defense course organized by Douwe Schmidt and Lonneke van der Velden.