Friday, 10 July 2015 - 14:14
Cabinet to publish more government information online
Minister Ronald Plasterk of Home Affairs plans to make government information more accessible to the public by posting 500 so-called data sets online. Citizens can then look up information on the government themselves, RTL Nieuws reports. These data sets include the Live Barometer, in which information on the quality of life in neighborhoods and districts is stored, and the election results by polling station. Plasterk will also make the bonuses and rewards of top officials public under the Act Top Incomes Standards. Some of the data sets were already public. Such as traffic information, information on public transport and weather forecasts from the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute, or KNMI. In addition to these 500 data sets, the cabinet is also looking into the possibilities of making another 300 data sets available to the public. There is of course some information that may not be disclosed due to privacy laws. This includes, for example, details from the tax office or education service DUO - services that work with people's personal information. Information on asylum seekers will also not be disclosed.