Students take action against the OV-chipkaart
Five law students from Amsterdam have demanded an investigation into the OV-chipkaart over travel data retention.
Amsterdam--According to the students, the transport companies are holding travel data on the card for too long. “Saving travel data for seven years is disproportionate. According to the law the data should be kept for the shortest amount of time possible,” said Jan Jaap Oerlemans, one of the students. “We think the way that the chipkaart is being used is illegal.”
The students want the College Bescherming Persoonsgegevens (The Dutch Data Protection Authority) to step in and initiate an investigation on the student OV-chipkaart. The Dutch DPA refused to act on a previous occasion when concerns arose about data retention of the NS Voordeelurenkaart.
However, the students do not consider it an obstacle as there is a distinct difference between the two cards. According to Oerlemans, regular passengers can choose for an anonymous OV-chipkaart whereas students are not given this choice.
The Dutch DPA was originally critical about the OV-chipkaart, although during its inception decided not to intervene. Should the Dutch DPA refuse to act this time, the students are entitled—free of charge-- to object over the matter and potentially take it to court.
Jan-Willem Navis/Spits,Suvi Lindén/Expatica