Number Schiphol searched phones rises sharply

Mar

8

2016

The Military Police investigated in 2015 nearly fifty percent more phones at the airport than in 2014. According to figures that are requested by a WOB request by the organization Freedom Inc. No complaints were submitted by travelers.

In total over the past year 3387 phones and SIM cards by the Royal Military Police investigated at Schiphol forensics, let Bits of Freedom employee Rejo Zenger through the blog of Freedom Inc. know . In this also figures it’s not just about the aircraft of passengers, but to all devices tested by the Military Police. However, it is according to Zenger is plausible that the greater part of the devices belonging to travelers.

State Police can only investigate a device if there is suspicion of an offense, as a spokesperson of the State Police to Tweakers. He adds that telephones also be investigated if there is a suspicion of trafficking in refugees. The spokesman could not confirm that the increase in the number of searched devices associated with an increase in refugees. The forensic examination is conducted by a special team. It is not clear how phones are exactly read in earlier reports showed that for example the NFI uses products from Cellebrite.

When encrypted phones, a person may refuse a search, since a decryption to warrant can not be issued to a suspect. This would include a suspect be compelled to contribute to his own conviction, which is contrary to the ‘nemo tenetur’ principle.

Compared to the number searched phones in 2008, there has been an increase of 276 percent in 2015. Also, there is an increase in the number of visible searches of hard drives and other memory media relative to the number in 2014.

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