Key registers and system standards
The system of key registers consist of 10 separate fundamental, interconnected registrations. To realise this connectivity, system standards have been agreed upon.
Digital innovations change our lives. The distinction between online and offline is disappearing. This offers opportunities, but there are also risks, for instance privacy and safety risks. How do we prevent digitalisation from damaging important values, such as equality and democracy?
Service to citizens and businesses
The cabinet wants to utilize the opportunities on offer from digitalisation, by enhancing citizens’ and businesses’ control. Thanks to digitalisation, the service to citizens and businesses is increasingly user-friendly, personalized and pro-active.
How does the exchange of personal data affect people’s privacy and safety, to name but two examples? How do we ensure the safety of these data?
The government aims to stimulate citizens’ and businesses’ autonomy. That is why we want to offer citizens and businesses a single access-point for taking care of personal matters with the government and its institutions.
Entrepreneurs, citizens, and governmental bodies use many digital resources, sharing important data. Governmental bodies have an obligation to treat these data with great care. To ensure this, making information security a part of the standard operating procedures is a necessity.
Innovation is not simply inventing new techniques. Predominantly, it is a new way of working. Combining their forces with the marketplace and science, through start-ups and other creative collaboration efforts, the government will look for solutions.
Appreciation of the Dutch experience will grow in the international environment. The Netherlands is seen as an innovative country by the rest of the world. International organisations like the EU, OESO, World Bank and the UN offer programmes to stimulate the digital government.
Knowledge and skills
The digitalisation of the Netherlands offers great opportunities for optimising practices. For instance: the Dutch government invests in research, and in educating all its employees about digitalisation.
New technologies, data and ethics
By innovating, the Dutch government wants to be in the lead when it comes to using new digital technologies. At the same time, the government wants to protect citizens and businesses and their rights from any adverse effects these new developments might entail.
The government offers a variety of existing services, that have to be safe and reliable. Also, it is government policy to work towards common usage of standards.
The government puts citizens and businesses first. What this means, is that everyone in society has to have access to the government’s digital services in a safe and intelligible manner.
The proposed Digital Government act lays the legal foundation for the basic infrastructure. Rules and regulations on information security and privacy are part of this. Thus, the proposed act offers the legal basis for the use of open standards by governmental organisations.