In 2017, Dutch investigative services requested data from providers more often




Dutch investigative services have, in comparison with two years ago, requested more information in 2017 about people from telecom and internet providers. Since 2012 this number has decreased, but in 2017 there was an increase for the first four years.

The annual report of the Ministry of Security and Justice shows that a total of 2,027,716 data were requested about persons. That is an increase of about twenty percent compared to 2016. In 88 percent of the cases, the information requests from 2017 also yielded actual results in the form of obtaining a reply, for example, to obtain a telephone number . These data are questionnaires from various police forces, but also inspections and, for example, the tax authorities.

In 2016 there was a total of 1.68 million withdrawals and in 2015 that number came to 1.72 million. This downward trend, which started after 2012, has been broken by the new figure. The record was reached in 2009: there were more than 2.9 million withdrawals.

The requests concern requests for data via the central CIOT search point. This system forwards the requests to telecom and internet providers. Providers store their customer data 24 hours a day in a so-called black box. With this information, for example, investigative services can find out which name and address details belong to a specific IP address, telephone number or e-mail address.


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