In 2014, on average 600 Belgians were bugged by a magistrate every month, compared to only 450 in 2010, La Dernière Heure reported on Monday. This is partly explained by the increase in anti-terrorism cases investigated by police due to the threat of extremist groups present in Belgium. The number of bugs placed by police has doubled in 7 years. It has risen from 3,603 in 2007 to 5,390 in 2010, and to 7,200 in 2014.
The bugs cost 12.9 million in 2011. In 2013, the Justice department paid operators more than 14 million euros for telephone bugs. The cost is expected to be more than 15 million in 2014.