Bill to trace mobile phones of missing persons is in the making

Jul

4

2016

After the summer is Van der Steur of Security and Justice Minister a bill in the police for consultation gives the power to trace cell phones of missing persons. Now the police is dependent on voluntary cooperation.

The minister reported to work on legislation in response to parliamentary questions from MP Van Toorenburg of the CDA, discovered Nu.nl. The Ministry of Security and Justice noted in 2014 that legal authority for the police to trace mobile phones is lacking in the report ‘ Search tools in urgent missing person . ”

That report also stressed the need for this power and legislation was previously envisaged. For tracking cell phones for urgent missing, there is already an agreement between KPN Telecom and the government, which is also followed by other telecom providers. However, this is a voluntary agreement with no legal status, which, moreover, applies only in cases of immediate danger. Police would disappearance cases sometimes falsely represent a criminal offense as a result

“In response to this report, there is separate legislation in preparation. I intend to make this after the summer in consultation”, says Van der Steur minister.

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