Connection with electronic anklets fell out due to interference at Tele2

Aug

9

2018

In the past weekend, the connection with hundreds of electronic anklets of detainees and suspects in the Netherlands has been canceled due to a malfunction of the mobile network. The collection of the location data continued.

Sander Dekker, Minister for Legal Protection, informs the House of Representatives about the failure in a Letter to Parliament . During the disturbance, which began last Friday and was solved Sunday morning, the connection with the ankle ligaments temporarily disappeared. That was not the case in all cases, it fluctuated from a few dozen to a maximum of 450 anklets according to the minister. The total number of people with an electronic anklet is around 700.

According to Dekker, the Probation Service, the Judicial Institutions Department, the Public Prosecution Service, Tele2 and the police have been in constant contact with each other about the situation. The risk profile of the ankle ligament has been taken into account and ‘measures taken where necessary’, says the minister. A ministry spokesman told NRC that some people were temporarily guarded extra by a security guard. How many people do that is not known.

During the outage at Tele2, which also affected consumers in the past weekend, the connection between the electronic anklet and the control room was lost. After the failure, the information stored by the tires became available. According to the minister, a first analysis of these data shows ‘a regular picture’. This would mean that the carriers had kept their location bans. Presumably the carriers were not all aware that the connection with the control room had fallen away.

In his letter to Parliament, Dekker states that the electronic anklet is a supporting tool, alongside other means, such as a duty to report. The parties involved will carry out an evaluation and the Minister promises measures if necessary. In the Netherlands the electronic anklet is used to check compliance with the imposed ‘special conditions’. In many cases it is house arrest.

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