Tax authorities launch their own investigation of possible vulnerability
The Irs will internal investigation into a possible security vulnerability, in which data of taxpayers very easy to see would have been for unauthorised persons.
That sets state secretary Eric Wiebes (Finance) in a letter to the Second Chamber. There are two investigations. This is a look into the department of Data & Analytics and the so-called Broedkamer of the Tax, which is under the same department.
The investigations by the Tax authorities themselves, but Wiebes emphasises that the department that is being investigated is not himself involved in the investigation. “I think it is of the utmost importance that this research, in independence of the department of D&A is running”, says the secretary of state.
Both studies are conducted under the authority of the managing director provision of Information within the Tax administration.
‘Easy to steal’
At the beginning of February, the television program Zembla that part of the Tax authorities for three years has worked without adequate security. The data of 11 million taxpayers and 2 million businesses were this easy to steal.
In addition to the internal investigation of the Irs, there is also an investigation by the independent Authority of Personal data. It is not yet known how long this will be done.
An unnamed party will also be a forensic investigation to perform. Although this is a remote company, this research is done in assignment of the Dutch Tax authorities.