Fiod wants to get authority to use fake masts




The Fiod, the investigation service of the Dutch tax authorities, will be empowered to put themselves in fake masts in investigations. Now Fiod can only use so-called IMSI catchers through the National Police.

Because Fiod often want to use the IMSI catchers than the National Police can facilitate the Fiod does that itself can do, according to a consultation on new measures to regulate the power. It is an adaptation of an already existing rule . The change means that a prosecutor needs to give permission if the Fiod the IMSI-catcher bet while the National Police which consent must ask. The intelligence services AIVD and MIVD may use the IMSI catcher independent and Fiod does that so well.

Minister Henk Kamp of Economy state in the notes that it is ‘desirable’ that the Fiod itself can work with IMSI catchers, but does not say that it is necessary, something that many disclosures in adding detection means it comes up. With the IMSI catchers wants Fiod phones of people who Investigation suspects fraud, for example, goods can eavesdrop targeted.

Camp does not expect the Dutch privacy is at stake. “The expected impact for citizens, businesses and the environment are nil because the change will only lead to a limited expansion of the circle of authorized users of the equipment.” How often Fiod the IMSI catchers would like to wager, is unknown.

It is a consultation, means that the measure does not have the force of law, but the government can introduce such measures without the approval of the Representatives and the Senate. Objections can submit until mid September.

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