Dutch investigators access citizens personal data three million times a year

11th November 2010, Comments 0 comments


The organisation Bits of Freedom, which fights for freedom and privacy on the internet, says the investigation services of the Netherlands access the personal data of its citizens more often than those of any other European country.

Each year, these services access the mobile phone records, text messages and location data of private citizens no less than three million times. According to Bits of Freedom, that is three times more often per citizen than in Germany, and seven times more often than in Poland. These numbers are even lower for other European countries.

Bits of Freedom’s statements are based on a project sponsored by the Dutch Justice Ministry and a project sponsored by the European Commission, as well as a number of other reports. Bits of Freedom spokesperson Axel Arnbak says: “It’s much too easy for criminal investigators to access this kind of information. The guarantees and legal criteria are much too broad in the Netherlands.’’


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