The Dutch government wants airlines to share information about their passengers with the government in future. This data is necessary in the fight against "terrorism and serious crime", Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security said in a letter to the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, AD reports.
People in the Netherlands don't realize how much they are being watched in cities, according to the initial results of study 'Your Neighborhood, Your Data' by the universities of Rotterdam, Delft and Leiden. Dutch people are also happy to share their data, if they feel they get something in return, NU.nl reports.
Funeral home DELA took fingerprints of deceased people without the consent of their next of kin and then used the fingerprints for commercial purposes, consumer program Radar Radio revealed. DELA has now changed their policy and will for the time being only take fingerprints after explicit consent from relatives, a spokesperson said to NU.nl.
DELA started taking fingerprints on September 1st. Afterwards the funeral home approached the relatives with an offer of a personalized ring or necklace, that could cost hundreds of euros, according tor Radar Radio.
Around 90 thousand Dutch people were affected by Facebook data abuse by political advertising company Cambridge Analytica, Facebook said to NOS. Worldwide this data abuse affected 87 million people.
Intelligence service AIVD is careless about privacy when sharing information with foreign services in the search for suspected terrorists, concludes the supervisory committee on the Dutch intelligence services CTIVD. Additional measures are required, the committee said in a report, ANP reports.
Many Dutch companies do not deal carefully with their customers' data, consumers association Consumentenbond concludes after studying five large companies in different industries. Even companies that you won't expect collect data on a large scale to sell to third parties, the association warns, BNR reports.
Consumentenbond looked at PostNL, Prenatal, Sanoma, Ticketmaster and Zalando. They were more or less randomly chosen, which means they are not necessarily the worst in the market when it comes to handling customer data.
The personal data of thousands of Utrecht residents was available for anyone to look at due to a so-called data leak at the municipality of Utrecht earlier this year, the Telegraaf reports based on documents received through the Freedom of Information Act.
The personal information of about 3,700 Ede residents were accessed by unauthorized persons due to a security vulnerability on the municipal site, a spokesperson for the municipality confirmed to NU.nl
Dating app Tinder violates that privacy of its users. The app stores all kinds of personal information from a user's Facebook account and the shares it with third parties. Its privacy terms are also far too vague and broadly worded, according to consumers' organization Consumentenbond.
Four Dutch privacy organizations threatened Facebook with legal action if the social media giant and its subsidiaries do not stop sharing European users' personal data with the United States. The groups gave Facebook until January 15th to clarify its policy on this matter
The Authority for Consumer & Market has launched a campaign to warn Dutch consumers that they are paying for free app with their personal information. The campaign is aimed at making consumers aware of how much personal data they make available when installing an app.
The WiFi network on NS trains appears to be completely unsecured. Users' data, including personal information, is accessible to anyone with a cheap antenna. And despite multiple warnings, NS does not plan to do anything about the problem.
The Authority Consumer and Market gave KPN a fine of 364 thousand euros in December 2013 for inadequately securing the systems in which customers' personal information are stored.
63 percent of Dutch people believe that the government should not be allowed to sneakily watch what's going on on their computers in order to prevent cyber crime. But 77 percent of citizens do think that the police should be given additional powers to hack suspects' computers.
The Dutch government is going to start working with a Risk Indication System (SyRI) that will make it easier for municipalities and government institutions to detect benefit or tax fraud.
The monitoring program PRISM from the American intelligence service NSA has also prevented an attack in the Netherlands, according to a report from the controller of the services in the Netherlands, The Control Commission concerning the Intelligence and Security Services (CTIVD), about the activities of the service in 2013, the Volkskrant reports.
On Wednesday evening DigiD was once more the victim of a cyber attack. This was announced by the Ministry of Internal Affairs. According to the Ministry there is no sign of theft. Personal data have not been stolen and remain safe.
It is the second attack on DigiD in two days. Earlier on Tuesday evening there was a so-called DDos attack, an attack in which large quantities of data are sent to the server making the server unreachable.
Local authorities and organizations have to be more careful when collecting and exchanging personal data. The Dutch college for protection of personal data, College Bescherming Persoonsgegevens (CBP), wrote that in their annual report of 2012.