cold fjord writes: DutchNews.nl reports, "... Dutch secret services... plan to expand the scope of their monitoring services to cover internet and telephone traffic and ministers are sympathetic At the moment, the security services are only allowed to collect bulk details about conversations made via satellite or short wave. But they want to expand the scope of the legislation to cover internet and cable-based telephone connections... In a couple of weeks... legislation will be published and is expected to recommend revisions to take account of new technology.... the security services have already ordered listening systems which will allow them to bulk collect data about internet and telephone traffic.... the secret service supervisory board CTIVD has no plans to intervene... Internet privacy lobby group Bits of Freedom has already warned that any expansion of the security services' powers would be 'totally unacceptable'... a public prosecution department official has said police and the justice ministry tap so many phones and internet connections that they are compromising on quality and investigation capacity.... in the Netherlands we are tapping like crazy.' The Netherlands is already the most heavily phone-tapped country in the world. " — The Las Vegas Sun reports: Dutch government taken to court over NSA links — More at ZDNet, WSJ, and telecompaper
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