Dutch minister wants better data protection for people, businesses

Wednesday 12 June 2019 | 14:55 CET | News

The Dutch Lower Chamber of Parliament wants more measures to help both consumers and businesses better protect consumer privacy. Minister for Legal Protection Sander Dekker made the statement in a letter to Parliament. Dekker believes developments in technology can provide many opportunities and conveniences for people, but also disadvantages that cannot be dismissed. Dekker referred to the principle that consumers 'pay' for services with their privacy sensitive data.

According to Dekker, large tech companies collect a lot of personal data and then compile profiles based on that data. The minister said these profiles can then be used to charge certain consumers more for products or services, or even exclude people altogether. To prevent situations like this, the government wants to amend the legislation.

The minister also believes it should be easier for people and businesses to protect their privacy. The government is therefore developing a Privacy Guide with tips on how people can protect their privacy, see what data has been collected and how that data can be removed. The privacy guide will also provide companies with a tool to draw up a privacy statement.

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Categories: General
Countries: Netherlands
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