Project title: Inventarisation of tapping regulations abroad
Client: Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs
Publication date: March 2004
Complete document: PDF, 353kB (Dutch) PDF


In cooperation with international law firm Norton Rose, Stratix researched the regulation and legislation on (phone) tapping in Germany, France, Austria and the United Kingdom, and how these countries implement their regulation. Stratix investigated motivations and regulatory systems for these countries and compared them to the situation in The Netherlands to provide an overview of similarities and differences.

Stratix executed an exploration of publicly available legislation documents, which was complemented with information from interviews with involved government agencies. These combined efforts have led to a description of the situation per country and of the similarities and differences to the Dutch situation. This report is meant to provide an overview of existing regulation and legislation and their practical interpretation. It can not be considered as specific juridical advice on the treated subjects.

This research was carried out on behalf of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Directorate-general of Telecommunication and Postal (DGTP), and is exclusively directed to the Ministry. The research is part of an evaluation of the situation surround tapping in The Netherlands by DGTP. Without our preliminary, written consent other (legal) persons may not derive any rights from the contents of this report.


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