Belgium’s intelligence will have to destroy all records after 50 years

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Belgium’s intelligence will have to destroy all records after 50 years


Starting from today, a new law governing the retention of intelligence by state security requires will impose that all information to be destroyed 50 years after storage.

The law, signed by federal justice minister Koen Geens and defence minister Steven Vandeput, marks the first time in the intelligence services’ 185-year history that a term has been placed on the collection of intelligence.

“The maintenance of information on people who are involved in an investigation is essential f...


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