Data authority looks at Verdonk's Taida remarks

7th February 2006, Comments 0 comments

7 February 2006, AMSTERDAM — The Dutch Data Protection Authority (CBP) announced on Tuesday it is to investigate whether the way Immigration and Integration Minister Rita Verdonk has dealt with Kosovo schoolgirl Taida Pasic is permissible.

7 February 2006

AMSTERDAM — The Dutch Data Protection Authority (CBP) announced on Tuesday it is to investigate whether the way Immigration and Integration Minister Rita Verdonk has dealt with Kosovo schoolgirl Taida Pasic is permissible.  

On Sunday Verdonk's spokesperson publicly branded Pasic, 18, as a fraud for returning to the Netherlands after accepting EUR 7,000 to continue her schooling in Kosovo. Pasic's family lived as refugees in the Netherlands until they agreed to repatriation.

Jacob Kohnstamm, chairman of the CBP, said on Tuesday he had asked Verdonk for an explanation for revealing personal details about Pasic's case.

A spokesperson for Verdonk said on Sunday Pasic sneaked back into the country on a French tourist visa after she was refused a residence permit to complete her VWO education course at a school in the Dutch town of Winterswijk.

Immigration officials took Pasic out of school a few weeks ago and placed her in a deportation centre.

A court later ordered her release from the centre, pending a proper adjudication of her application for a temporary residence permit by Verdonk. Pasic wants to stay for a few months more to sit her final exams.  

Last year Verdonk asked the CBP last year for advice about whether she could reveal details about specific cases to counter rejected asylum seekers feeding the media false information.

The CBP told Verdonk her plan was not compatible with the real aim of collecting data -judging asylum applications.

Responding to the news of the CBP investigation, Verdonk said she had not intended to intrude on the girl's privacy. Verdonk said she made the comments to correct the "one-sided and coloured reporting in the media".

She was also standing up for the interests of the State and immigration officials, and affording Pasic some clarity about her future, the minister said.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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