Senate agrees to extend drain devices

Senate agrees to extend drain devices

The First Room has by the end of Tuesday accepted the aftapwet, that intelligence allows for more types of data large-scale intercept. The law goes by 1 January 2018 in operation.

With the consent of the senate is the last hurdle taken, and the controversial law there permanently. VVD, PVV, CDA, SGP, PvdA, 50PLUS and OSF voted for.

The so-called new Law on the intelligence and security services (Wiv-isp), which replaces a version of the law adopted in 2002, was last revised. By the great technological was the law of renewal.

The new Law on the intelligence and security services gives the intelligence services AIVD and MIVD more powers to traffic large-scale listening.

The services may, for example, temporarily the movement of an entire area draining, or all of the traffic between the Netherlands and Syria. Previously, it was for the services may only be allowed to ‘non-wired’ internet traffic unfocused to drain it, but more and more internet traffic today, it is precisely through cables. Therefore, according to the government a renewal is needed.

Before internet traffic is unfocused may be monitored, the consent of the minister of Home Affairs or Defence needed. Also, a new evaluation committee was established bet of the ‘trawl’ should approve. Also, the existing regulator CTIVD remains afterwards look whether the services adhere to the rules.

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According to the critics, which ensure insufficient. They fear that internet traffic of many innocent civilians will be caught and viewed by the intelligence services.

Except privacy organizations also had the Council of State and the Council for the Judiciary fierce criticism on the proposal. They find the retention period of three years was too long and the filling in of the evaluation committee to be insufficient.

Nevertheless, the Second Chamber in February. The kabinetspartijen VVD and PvdA got the support of PVV, CDA, ChristenUnie and 50Plus.


The bulk data collected, according to the new law, also with allies to be shared, even if not yet by the AIVD has been recognised. That data must be lawfully collected, said Minister Plasterk (Home Affairs) Tuesday at the First Room. Also there may be country by country and case will be decided for the data or not to share.

Minister Plasterk confirmed that the new law allows for anonymous sources of journalists to find out. It is scrutiny of the court are needed in addition to the consent of the evaluation committee.

The parties agreed was the Labour party critically, but the party showed themselves satisfied with the promises of Plasterk. SP, D66, GroenLinks and the y for the Animals were not convincing. They fear too great an infringement on the privacy of citizens and find the control is not strong enough. They find the law on many points vague.

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