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Netherlands: Enhanced Police Powers for Missing Person Investigations

(July 28, 2017) On July 19, 2017, consultation via the Internet opened for draft legislation that would speed up missing person investigations by giving Dutch police enhanced powers to request information pertaining to the whereabouts of such persons. The information the police might be able to solicit includes mobile phone and debit card usage, records […]

Indonesia: Call to Update Terrorism Law

(July 6, 2017) Speaking on June 27, 2017, Indonesian legislator Mulfachri Harahap called for the revision of the country’s law against terrorism to be completed swiftly. He referred to the recent fatal stabbing of a police officer on June 25 in Medan, in North Sumatra Province, allegedly by terrorists who support the Islamic State, and […]

Brazil: New Law Enacted to Help Fight Pedophilia

(May 11, 2017) On May 8, 2017, Brazil amended its Statute of the Child and the Adolescent to include rules for police infiltration of the Internet for the purpose of curbing crimes of sexual exploitation involving children or adolescents. (Lei No. 13.441, de 8 de Maio de 2017 (Law No. 13,441), PLANALTO http://www.planalto.gov.br/ccivil_03/_Ato2015-2018/2017/Lei/L13441.htm; Estatuto da […]

Latvia: New Regulations on Drone Operation

(Jan. 26, 2017) The Cabinet of Ministers of Latvia adopted regulations on the operation of unmanned aerial vehicles on November 22, 2016. (Decision No. 737 of Nov. 22, 2016, LATVIJAS VĒSTNESIS [LATVIAN OFFICIAL GAZETTE], No. 231 (Nov. 28, 2016) (in Latvian).)  The new regulations require the drones to have special markings that include the full […]

Netherlands: New Offense Tailored to Police Officers’ Use of Force

(Jan. 13, 2017) The House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament is considering legislation that addresses the special position of investigating officers in criminal law. (Bill Sent to House of Representatives: Special Position of Investigating Officers in Criminal Law, Ministry of Security and Justice website (Dec. 23, 2016).) Under the draft legislation, “[p]olice […]

Germany: Act to Improve Anti-Terror Information Exchange in Force

(Sept. 8, 2016) On July 30, 2016, the Act to Improve Information Exchange in the Fight Against International Terrorism entered into force in Germany. It amends several existing laws that govern anti-terrorism measures, but also equips the German domestic intelligence agency with new means to fight international terrorism, in particular with regard to information-sharing in […]

Israel: Law Authorizes Preventing Harassment of Emergency Centers

(July 21, 2016) On March 30, 2016, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed the Prevention of Harassment of Emergency Centers Law, 5776-2016.  (SEFER HAHUKIM [BOOK OF LAWS, the official gazette] 5776 No. 2552, p. 878, Knesset website  (last visited July 19, 2016) (in Hebrew).) The Law authorizes emergency centers to block the access of a telephone […]

Israel: New Comprehensive Counterterrorism Legislation Adopted

(July 15, 2016) On June 15, 2016, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed the Combatting Terrorism Law, 5776-2016.  (Combatting Terrorism Law, 5776-2016, SEFER HAHUKIM [BOOK OF LAWS, the official gazette] 5776 No. 2556, p. 898, available at the Knesset website (last visited July 13, 2016) (in Hebrew).) The Law gives law enforcement authorities criminal and administrative […]

Kyrgyz Republic (Kyrgyzstan): Mandatory Video Surveillance Introduced in Public Places

(Aug. 3, 2015) On May 18, 2015, the President of Kyrgyzstan signed into law the Outdoor Video Surveillance Act (Law No. 103 (May 18, 2015), Ministry of Justice website (in Russian)). The Act obligates the municipal authorities of the two largest Kyrgyz cities, Bishkek and Osh, and businesses registered in these jurisdictions to install video […]

Netherlands: Draft Legislation on Higher Penalties for Violent Acts Committed Under the Influence

(Dec. 6, 2013) On November 13, 2013, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands sent draft legislation to the country’s parliament that would impose higher penalties on persons suspected of acts of violent crime, if evidence from an alcohol or drugs test indicated that the suspects acted while under the influence. (Bill to […]