Call to improve Dutch privacy laws
Privacy rules governing personal data should be sharpened, Green Left MP Tofik Dibi told Dutch news website nu.nl.
He is proposing that public and private bodies should be barred from creating new databases containing private data until new regulations are in place. The opposition MP is calling on Security Minister Ivo Opstelten to provide guarantees that such databases are safe.
Debts on view Two weeks ago a technical error at the study grant department of the Education Ministry gave students access to private information about of others, revealing for instance whether they had repayment obligations on student loans.
Mr Dibi warned that identity fraud is rampant, and that illegal access to private data constitutes a risk. Figures published by the Rathenau research and debate institute reveal that each Dutch person's data are registered in 250 to 500 public and private databases.
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