Project title: Storage of traffic information by Telecom providers
Client: Dutch Ministry of Justice
Publication date: August 2003
Complete document: PDF, 553kB (Dutch) PDF


The terrorist attacks in the United Stated on September 11th 2001 have provided incentive for many governments to critically assess and if necessary extend opportunities to actively battle terrorism. In this context the Dutch Government has also disclosed and aggregated point of action in its action plan 'Terrorismebestrijding en Veiligheid'. In this, points of action number 17 states:

Action point 17: Carry out research on the categories of data that Telecom providers store, and the obstructions that investigation and intelligence services experience due to the absence of an obligation to store traffic information. Enhancing of possibilities to analyse international telephone traffic (in agreement with other EU members)

In this context the Scientific Research- and Documentation centre of the Dutch Ministry of Justice requested research on part of the above action point, namely a categorization of traffic data that is stored by providers. This report presents the results of that research.


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