Dutch government often asks contents of phone calls and text messages on




The Dutch government is asking quite often the content of telephone conversations. According to a Friday article published by The Guardian. Last year there were more than 100,000 requests for content or metadata calls.

Of which more than 100,000 requests did Dutch government institutions in 2013 44,000 times a request to a service provider to the content of a telephone call, SMS or data session to learn, according to a table that The Guardian published on the basis of, among other information, the Dutch government. In Germany, government agencies did such a request about 23,000 times, while the country has five times as many inhabitants. The figures relate to requests from investigative services include, but not of secret services.

The Guardian reports the figures because of a report from Vodafone on the number of taps per country, although the figures do not only deal with Vodafone. The provider reported for the first time that governments in six countries have direct access to the network, for example by being able to tap the network. Away physically in a secret room in network According to Vodafone spokesman Joost Galema that “absolutely not” done in the Netherlands. “We do that only in countries where this is required by law and that is not the case in the Netherlands.” In which countries it is, the provider does not say.

The operator said that the Dutch government has been formed to look at how they can bring no harm. Examine more detailed information about tapers outward a workgroup “We’re in that group,” said Galema behalf of Vodafone. “It is important for confidence in the industry that there is openness about how much exactly is tapped.”


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