Attacks could speed revamp of Belgian cybersecurity laws

March 24, 2016

Even before this week’s terrorist attacks, Belgium planned to beef up its data retention laws and give intelligence agencies and prosecutors broader powers.

“The terror attacks could very well speed up the talks,” said Belgian MP Peter Dedecker, member of the Flemish-nationalist N-VA.

The day before Salah Abdeslam, a suspect in November’s Paris terror attacks, capture last Friday, Belgium’s Minister of Justice Koen Geens announced the Council of Ministers wanted to pass two key laws before the summer.

One would help streamline rules for authorities’ online activities and hacking rights.

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