State Security and the General Service for Information and Security (SGRS) now have at their disposal high-performance software in order to screen the Internet depths, according to information published Monday by Het Nieuwsblad and De Standaard. The instrument is composed of various software and hardware units. “This will allow us to search information in a more efficient way,’’ states Ingrid van Daele, State Security spokesperson, quoted by the press. “Essentially, this program achieves the same tasks as our men do — filtering social network traffic and finding information —, but in an automated and large-scale manner.’’
The program can also examine the “web’s deep or dark side,’’ that part of the Web which is not indexed by research motors. The federal police will also be allowed to use this tool. The program had been approved in August 2016, several months after the Brussels attacks.