NGO: Dutch security services violate privacy standards in consulting telecom database

An analysis of Dutch NGO Bits of Freedom shows that Dutch security services breach privacy rules when requesting ‘customer data’ from the central telecom database CIOT (the Central Informationpoint on Research for Telecommunication). The services ask customer information which include the name, address, (mobile) telephone numbers, e-mail and IP addresses – three million times a year via the CIOT. The
“Final Report Audit CIOT 2009” shows that some of the services consult CIOT without having the authorization to do so, that the legality of consultations is not checked and that
the whole process is insufficiently documented.
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