Belgium is to spend 6.8 million euros ($7.6 billion) on a so-called supersoftware to identify terrorists who browse web pages with extremist content, a minister said. Also Read - Safer Internet Day 2021: Here's how you can ensure your online securityAlso Read - Mobile internet services suspended on Delhi borders till February 2
On his official Twitter account, Interior Minister Jan Jambon posted a link to a news article by local daily De Standaard which specified that the technology was to be used by federal and state police and the Defence Ministry to uncover and track terrorists online, Efe news reported. Last year, federal police created an Internal Referral Unit to patrol online, detect extremist propaganda, find the perpetrators online and prosecute them.
But Jambon’s spokesman Olivier Van Raemdonck said that the unit, which currently has 20 agents but is to be expanded to around 30, is too small to combat the problem on its own.
“Therefore the council of ministers decided this year to purchase ‘supersoftware’ that automatically detects web pages linked to criminal acts,” he said. ALSO READ: Be prepared to pay additional 15% tax on online content downloads and subscription from foreign sites
Ministers approved the budget for the software at the start of this year, months after a terror attack on a Brussels metro station and the airport left 32 people dead in March 2016. The money is to be used to buy it as well as setting it up to detect extremist propaganda.