Personal data management
This guide contains the text of the policy letter Personal data management, sent by the Cabinet to the Dutch House of Representatives on 11 July 2019. In that letter, the Cabinet describes how a citizen can gain greater control over the personal details stored about him or her by the government. By being given access to and being able to (call for) the rectification of his or her details. By no longer having to issue any details the government already has in its possession. And by allowing the digital sharing of details by government with private service providers (such as housing corporations, health care providers, mortgage suppliers or the church). We wish you every possible inspiration in reading this guide!
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Reliable data are an essential ingredient for properly executing governmental duties. Whether it concerns emergency services turning out, efficiently determining if somebody is eligible for benefits, or fighting fraud. Key registers are already providing the government with the most essential data. The next step is a data landscape, in which more data are accessible and usable, within the boundaries of decent and responsible use of data.
Regie op Gegevens, RoG (‘Control of Data’)
The programme Regie op Gegevens, RoG (‘Control of Data’) is commissioned by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy and the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations to help citizens and businesses gain control over their own data. What this means, is that they can view, use or re-use, edit, or delete their data when organizing their affairs. For instance, there are smarter ways to organize care, financial statements, the application process for special transport, or taking out a mortgage. About the programme RoG identifies and analyses developments, risks and opportunities, puts them on the agenda and performs research. The programme also links public, private and social parties that are working on solving social problems or innovations. The principles in all of this are ‘people come first’ and ‘being in control of data’. Together, we work on creating a system of clear agreements to enable low-threshold and safe, free exchange of data, controlled by the individual.