October 29, 2020

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Authority: Questions on data exchange between police and COA

Authority: Questions on data exchange between police and COA


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The Dutch Data Protection Authority will ask the Central Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers (COA) and the police about their exchange of personal data of asylum seekers, the NRC reported. This involves highly data-protection-relevant information such as religion and ethnicity.

According to the newspaper, the police and COA made arrangements for the exchange of information in May, and since then the police have received information about tens of thousands of people they are using in investigations into fraud related to residence permits, human trafficking and terrorism. According to the authority, the authorities are legally obliged to guarantee privacy and strict conditions apply, especially in the case of sensitive information.

The Data Protection Supervisor does not yet want to talk about an investigation into the exchange of information, but will examine whether the authorities in this case meet the legal requirements for the re-accessible and restrained sensitive information. “This review is important because people need to be confident that the government is carefully monitoring their (sensitive) information.”