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Secret service should get more powers to tap internet links: minister

Wednesday 30 May 2012

The military secret service MIVD should be given greater powers to collect information using internet taps, defence minister Hans Hillen told parliament on Wednesday, the NRC reports.

If their powers were expanded, officials would no longer break the law while carrying out investigations using cable and internet taps, the minister said during a debate.

Technology is moving quickly, making changes in the law inevitable, the minister said. 'We are operating on the edge of the law and sometimes we cross that divide,' Hillen said. 'The law needs to be adapted.'

The security service's supervisory group CTIVD has also called for increasing the options for internet tapping.

Phone taps

Last week, a justice ministry report showed Dutch police remain far more likely than their colleagues in neighbouring countries to tap crime suspects' telephones.

Some 22,000 telephone taps are placed a year, or one in 1,000 phone connections, researchers at the justice ministry's WODC institute said.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

Taking freedom away US style is not the way to go for this country.

By expat | 31 May 2012 7:29 AM

'We're breaking the law sometimes, so we should change the law so we're no longer breaking it.'

By Andrejs | 31 May 2012 10:04 AM

As George Orwell goes, "Facepalm" in his grave.

By Stupid | 31 May 2012 10:46 AM

This is incredulous. They admit that they break the law now, and want us to trust them to give away more civil liberties. It is already bad enough how many phones are tapped here. I wonder if I am being monitored as I type this comment!

By Quest | 31 May 2012 10:53 AM

If this continues, we will end up all hackers. Everyone will be setting up his/her own firewall. I wonder who would like to live into a cage being monitored.

By Freeman | 31 May 2012 3:30 PM

@Quest.Of course you are.

By jason buttle | 31 May 2012 6:52 PM

Why not give them more powers? They already listen to 90% of all phone calls..and all our emails are stored for 7 years..so I'm sure the absence of this new law is unlikely to change the habits of a government spying on it;s own citizens..

By Andy | 31 May 2012 9:50 PM

And it isn;t only crime suspects.. it;s anybody who speaks out.. ask any Greenpeace or Amnesty activist.. or anyone who ever criticized the government in a newspaper article or on the radio..they are monitored 24/7..

By Andy | 31 May 2012 9:52 PM

If laws can be broken by officials then they become their laws not mine.

By Robbie | 1 June 2012 6:19 PM

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