AIVD and MIVD must permanently delete data

AIVD and MIVD must permanently delete data

The General and Military Intelligence and Security Service (AIVD and MIVD) must destroy the data of millions of Dutch citizens. The supervisor instructed the services to do so. In a letter to Bits of Freedom, the cabinet confirms that they have three months at the latest.

That writes the civil rights organization in a press statement.

Minister ignores supervisor’s advice

The AIVD and MIVD were created to watch over the national security of our country. To fulfil this task, the intelligence services collect large amounts of data from millions of Dutch citizens. For this, they use a technique called ‘snapshotting’ . The internet cable is then tapped for two hours.

This mountain of information contains a lot of irrelevant data. But given the amount of data, the security services cannot simply judge that: they need time to analyze the bulk data. The Intelligence and Security Services Act (Wiv 2017) states that they have a year and a half to do so. They must then indicate within two weeks how and when they will destroy unnecessary data.

The intelligence services have exceeded the retention period several times. The Commission of Supervision of Intelligence and Security Services (CTIVD) reprimanded the AIVD and MIVD for this, but without success. The then Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations Kajsa Ollongren did not intervene.

Services get three months to destroy data

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