The Dutch public prosecution department has announced that 3.6 million emails sent by criminals have been unencrypted by Dutch Police, and will now be used to bring gangs to justice.
According to the department, the emails allegedly provide key information for investigations into charges of murder, armed robbery, drugs, money laundering and other forms of organised crime.
Seven TBs of emails were stored on servers in Canada, but belonged to a Dutch company named Ennetcom, which the public prosecution department won the right access the data of in a court case last year.
The department said Ennetcom was the ‘biggest provider of encrypted communications in the Netherlands', and also does business in other countries around the world including South America and other countries in western Europe.
The owner of Ennetcom was arrested last April, the his company's network was shut down pending an investigation, however he has since been released but facing prosecution.
The reason the police in the Netherlands are allegedly poking into the servers of Ennetcom is the recent spate of gangland killings in the Netherlands.Detectives found that many of those involved had encrypted Ennetcom telephones in their possession.