MPs call for answers on Holland’s dubious phone tapping record
MPs are to debate the fact that one in 1,000 Dutch telephones is tapped with justice minister Ivo Opstelten.
Parties from across the political spectrum backed calls for the debate following the publication of a justice ministry report which shows Dutch police remain far more likely than their colleagues in neighbouring countries to tap crime suspects’ telephones.
Some 22,000 telephone taps are placed a year, or one in 1,000 phone connections, researchers at the ministry’s WODC institute say. Family and friends of suspects are also liable to have their phones tapped.
At the same time, telephone taps rarely produce evidence of crimes, partly because criminals are aware they are being tapped and partly because the communication shifts to internet, the WODC report says.
The Netherlands is said repeatedly to authorise more phone taps than any other country in the world.