Amsterdam Violates Privacy Law by Collecting Facebook Data of Loitering Youth

Amsterdam Violates Privacy Law by Collecting Facebook Data of Loitering Youth

The NRC recently reported that Amsterdam had violated privacy laws when it collected the Facebook data of around 65 thousand loitering youth in 2015.

The city government had apparently performed a network analysis on the data which it should have reported to the Dutch Data Protection Authority. However, the DDPA said that it can only reprimand the municipality if the data watchdog had conducted an investigation on the matter themselves.

The DDPA additionally said that the GDPR will affect its supervision. Spokesperson Pauline Gras said that come May 25, governments will be obliged to appoint a data protection officer who will internally monitor how the organization deals with privacy, but in addition the DDPA can also start an investigation on its own initiative.

 

Source: NL Times

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