The Public Prosecution Service (OM) believes that the British justice is careless with information about hacking the encrypted communication service EncroChat. This is evident from a letter from the National Public Prosecutor’s Office, which has been inspected by NRC.
Agreements have been made between France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom about the technique used in the hack. It has been labeled a military state secret by France and details should therefore not be shared. The British have done that in court cases, says the OM. This would have damaged the trust between the Dutch and French investigative authorities and the British.
Thanks to the hack on EncroChat, investigative services gained access to tens of millions of messages from criminals last year. These messages are used in many countries, including the Netherlands, as evidence in various criminal cases. Lawyers from the Netherlands, Germany, France and Great Britain ask questions about the legality and reliability of those reports.
According to NRC Accountability for the use of evidence is different in different countries. There are also different views on the violation of privacy and how a large amount of information should be handled. The openness of the British may have had far-reaching consequences for the verification of reports from the EncoChat hack in other countries, according to the newspaper.