Belgian minister wants to secretly search allowing computers and smartphones




Belgian Justice Minister Koen Geens wants the police may start searching now secret data stored on devices like computers and smartphones. He wants to expand the legislation on special investigative methods and modernize.

According to the Belgian newspaper De Tijd will Geens it should send an investigating judge authorized a “covert search out a computer system. He finds it necessary because the law has not been revised since 2005, while the technology it has developed significantly in the last eleven years. In practice this will mean that an investigating judge gives the police permission to search data without others, including to inform the owner of the data thereof.

The police should carry out certain accompanying measures to carry out the covert search. They may secretly invade a home where a device is located, with any security can be disabled. Technology also allows a device to be accessed remotely, can be used to copy data.

The police may also use “citizen experts”. These are people who have a particular skill that does not have the police. This may have for speaking a foreign language translations, but it also relates to computer experts with experience of hacking systems. Once the police have received permission from the judge, she has one month to obtain the data and search.

The proposed amendment is however paramount that no provocation may occur. Furthermore, the relative measures should be proportionate to the crime of which the police suspect anyone and have already tried all other methods of investigation. The investigating judge may only authorize the searches if there is strong evidence for crimes which at least a year in prison state.

Furthermore Geens wants to make it easier for the police to make online contact with suspects using among other fictional identities. He also wants to create a database containing the ‘voice print’ of suspects so they can be quickly identified by intercepting calls. Furthermore, he also wants web services like Gmail and WhatsApp require in addition to all telecom providers to participate as research is being done. The amendments are today submitted to the Council of Ministers, then they should be adopted first before they enter into force.


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