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Wiretapping practices decline under KMT government: NSB

Wiretapping practices decline under KMT government: NSB

Taipei, Oct. 9 (CNA) The practice of wiretapping criminal organizations or suspected criminals as well as intelligence targets has been on the decline since President Ma Ying-jeou assumed office on May 20, 2008, the National Security Bureau (NSB) said in a statement Friday.
According to the statement, the frequency of wiretaps on criminal targets fell 65.46 percent in Ma's first 15 months in office, while the frequency of wiretaps aimed at obtaining national security-related intelligence has fallen 56.99 percent.
The rate of change was obtained by comparing the numbers during Ma's time in office to those in the final 15 months of the previous Democratic Progressive Party administration.
None of the wiretaps were conducted unlawfully, the NSB said.
The NSB report on intelligence monitoring was compiled after Ma ordered a thorough investigation into wiretapping by government intelligence units after a local newspaper reported Sept. 28 that the practice has increased in the Ma administration.
The report, citing an anonymous official responsible for intelligence affairs, raised the concerns of lawmakers in both the ruling and opposition parties as well as the administration.
NSB officials are scheduled to brief lawmakers on their investigation at the Legislative Yuan Monday.
(By Elizabeth Hsu)




Updated : 2021-10-27 03:03 GMT+08:00