By Richard van Staden ten Brink
Dutch DPA Will Focus on Internet Sites Publishing Personal Data
The Dutch DPA has announced a focus on the publication of personal data on the Internet after releasing draft guidelines in October. It subsequently has discussed these draft guidelines with industry organizations and governmental bodies. The DPA expects to formally establish the guidelines and start active enforcement in 2008.
The DPA will pursue a two-track policy. First of all, it will actively inform the public of the consequences of publishing their personal data on the Internet. The DPA is concerned that the public is not yet aware of the negative consequences that publishing personal data on the Internet may have, such as identity theft or use for pre-employment screening.