Dutch police now automatically intercept internet traffic when setting up a telephone tap, online magazine Computerworld reports on Thursday. The news was buried in the justice ministry’s annual report which was published in May and has only now been made public, the website states.
On July 2, the Minister of the Internal Affairs proposed and published (source document in Dutch) a new Intelligence and Security Services Act as part of an internet consultation process. The law provides the Dutch intelligence and security agencies with more powers for intercepting communications and searching automated systems.
The Constitutional Court gave its approval to all the legal provisions of the Law on International Surveillance, complementing the Intelligence Bill, the former being much less polemical than the later bill. The Law on International Surveillance was submitted to the court in September after a provision of the Intelligence Bill on International surveillance was censored by the court in July for not providing the conditions for operating and controlling the collected intelligence. The new law legalizes the surveillance of communication emitted or received abroad, namely through the interception of data transiting undersea cables.
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