The Wiv 2002 lists all the powers of the AIVD. These include observing and following people, the use of agents and monitoring and tapping telecommunications.

So-called special powers, also known as “special intelligence resources”, may be used only when strictly necessary for the service to carry out the duties it has been entrusted with by law. And they cannot be used at all for two of those tasks: security screenings and safeguarding vital sectors. Moreover, no action likely to seriously infringe personal privacy may be taken without the express prior permission of the Minister of the Interior.