The justice ministry, local councils, probation service and social workers are to store privacy-sensitive information about people suspected of being radical Muslims for up to five years under a new agreement, the NRC said on Wednesday.

The paper says the decision to hold the information is controversial because many of those involved have not been convicted of any crime. The police can already keep files about potential jihadis for five years and that right is now being extended to other institutions in the legal chain.

Officials say the change is necessary because the speed at which people become radicalised varies.

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