Each time you make a phone call with your mobile phone, the (i) date, (ii) time and (iii) duration of your phone call, as well as the (iv) numbers dialed and the (v) location of the antennas (or region (Cell ID)) your mobile phone connects to are retained by your telecommunication service provider. The data is retained in order to ensure the availability of the data for serious crime investigations by law enforcement authorities.
The Dutch Minister of Safety and Justice believes that data collection orders from third parties only create ‘minor infringements’ to your right to privacy. Taking this into account, he reasons that the poorly enforced requirement that law enforcement authorities must notify individuals about data collection orders when reasonably possible, causes too much of an administrative burden and should therefore be abolished. His bill proposing the measure caused some controversy last week.