12 Mar 2014

Dutch Intelligence Illegally Shares Data, Report Shows

The Dutch Military Intelligence and Security Service (MIVD) illegally shared citizens’ data with foreign services without ministerial approval, according to itworld.com.

The Dutch House of Representatives found that the MIVD provided selected signal intelligence (SIGINT) data, including metadata and content of telephone communications without permission.

The General Intelligence and Security Service of the Netherlands (AIVD) hacked web forums where alleged terrorists exchanged information, without providing justification. As a result, personal data was also collected from ordinary people, according to The Dutch Review Committee for the Intelligence and Security Services.

The committee recommended new procedures and measures to limit the powers of the intelligence services, which will be implemented by the government. Amid NSA surveillance fears, the committee did not identify the foreign intelligence services that received the SIGINT data, the report says.

The Review Committee will continue to analyze AIVD’s activity on social media and issue a new report.

The defense ministry, in charge of the MIVD, didn’t comment.