Friday 19 July 2013
The number of internet taps carried out by Dutch police rose 500% to 16,600 last year, according to new justice ministry figures.
By contrast, the number of phone taps rose just 3% to nearly 25,500 despite doubts about their usefulness. And the number of requests for information about phone calls – such as the location calls were made from – reached almost 57,000, up 10% on 2011.
The Netherlands sanctions more phone taps than any other country in the world. The figures do not include taps by the security services.