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Almost half of Dutch municipalities reported this year datalek

Almost half of Dutch municipalities reported this year datalek

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Since the introduction of the obligation to report data breaches at the beginning of this year, 172 of 390 Dutch municipalities (44 percent) to the Authority Personal data (AP) reported a datalek.

Since 1 January 2016 the obligation to report data breaches of power, and to companies and bodies to the bell pull if there is an infringement on personal data of citizens.

Since the introduction of the reporting obligation, there are a total of 3,600 reports were received at the AP, reports the privacy watch dog to NU.nl. Total reported all 172 local authorities with the supervisor. Some municipalities reported several leaks, so that the total number of municipal data breaches over the three hundred is.

On the nature of the data breaches, or to which municipalities exactly, want the supervisor to say anything. It could be a lost usb stick or mobile phone, but also a cracked database.

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The AP emphasizes that the number of data breaches at companies and government agencies in reality even higher. “We look very carefully at the non-detectors.”

“This shows that the local municipalities, the affairs are in order,” says SP Member of parliament Ronald van Raak. He explains the error to a part in the responsibilities of the municipalities, which since this year has increased. “The security of data is a responsibility of the government. The Hague should be much more support to offer.”

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