Police are asking 2.1 million times data internet and telecom customers




Police have asked last year to 2.1 million times the information from customers of telecom and Internet service providers. Usually, the police thereby know who is behind a phone number or IP address. The number of inquiries has been falling since 2012.

It is information that is requested from the so-called CIOT database. Everyday upload providers of internet and telephony their entire customer base to the database, which is hosted by the government. Subsequently, the police and a number of other agencies can relatively easily retrieve data from, without being required a court order. It does for example, the name and address details with an IP address or telephone number.

Since 2012, the number of queries to the CIOT, and the number of queries is now slightly higher than in 2007. In 2013, the number of queries was 2.3 million, while there were 2.8 million in 2012. At its peak, in 2009, almost 3 million times requested information from the database.

In 88 percent of cases, the police managed to actually angling inside information; it involves a total of 1.8 million hits. In most cases the police was behind the searches, although the Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority and the Health Inspectorate retrievals have done.

The data are incomplete: it is not known how often roams the secret service in the CIOT database. The government refuses to provide statistics on the AIVD; the number of telephone and Internet taps is kept secret. According to the government statistics which would disclose too much about the workings of the intelligence services, should they become public.

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