Belgian minister wants to tap phones of people calling for terrorism




Minister of Justice Koen Geens to expand their powers to intercept phone calls. Henceforth, anyone who calls for terrorism or terrorists assist should fall under the tapwet. Investigation services like just more online privileges.

According to Minister Geens is the current tapwet in Belgium are not updated with the definition of terrorism as it was recorded in 2013, writes De Standaard. The police can only eavesdrop on telephone conversations of suspects that could be classified under the classical definition as a terrorism suspect. Two years ago the definition of terrorism was also broadened by attending or giving a training with the intent to commit an attack to be covered by those provisions, as well as inciting terrorism and recruiting people.

Despite the redefinition of what constitutes terrorism is not yet included in the tapwet, making the legal powers were too limited. The minister also wants the drain capabilities are broadened by including the new definition in the tapwet.

From the police and other investigative agencies sounding noises shortly after the attacks in Paris. As they would like to have particular power to tap conversations. “Back hacking”, where in Dutch politics for some time to discuss is, it should be possible for the Belgian investigative services. They point to the fact that fewer and fewer suspects via telephone communication.


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