The Netherlands promises transparancy regarding wiretapping

By EDRi · December 16, 2009

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Deutsch: [Die Niederlande verspricht Transparenz bezüglich der Abhöraktionen|]

The Dutch Minister of Justice promised on 26 November 2009 at the request of
the Dutch Parliament to provide more transparency regarding wiretapping. The
Dutch government is placing relatively many taps on a per-capita basis,
compared to other countries. During a debate in the Parliament, members of
Parliament voiced their concerns on the lack of transparency and insisted on
more accountability.

In reaction, the Minister of Justice indicated firstly that the
government would provide information on how many internet-taps are
placed. It also promised to commission a report regarding the
effectiveness of wiretapping. The report will touch on whether the
amount of wiretaps is necessary, and to what extent the notification
obligation is being complied with. The notification obligation is the
obligation to inform persons that they have been tapped. The report will
also touch on how many times a request for authorisation to apply a
wiretap has been denied by the court.

Bits of Freedom, in preparation of the debate, wrote a paper
to members of Parliament, insisting on more accountability. The paper
was written with the aid of several volunteers.

Briefing Bits of Freedom to members of Parliament (only in Dutch,

(contribution by Ot van Daalen – EDRi-member Bits of Freedom – Netherlands)