The Dutch government seeks to provide more measures to combat espionage on communications


The Dutch government recently ordered a set of new security regulations for telecommunications service providers, including rules for equipment and software suppliers, stipulating that only people who undergo background checks be allowed to access networks.

According to Indias TOI website, these requirements, which will cover major service providers KPN and T-Mobile, are part of a series of moves to boost standards after a 2019 assessment of the risks posed by China and other countries identified as having an “offensive cyber strategy”.

In a ministerial decree, Minister of Small Economic Affairs, Mona Keijsers, also specified that telecom service providers must keep network data for at least three months in case it is needed to analyze “advanced threats and attack vectors”, while Britain and France effectively prevented a Chinese telecom company from helping to build 5G communication networks.

The Dutch government said last year that the vendors could be excluded if they had “close relationships with foreign governments involved in espionage,” and did not specifically name the company, despite pressure from parliament to do so. Last month, KPN said it would use Swedish company Ericsson to build the items. The core of a 5G mobile network.

And in May, the Senate passed a law giving the government the power to prevent “unwanted” takeovers of telecoms companies, including an obligation for any potential buyer of a 30% stake in a Dutch telecom company to ask the government first.


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