Data asylum seekers shared with police for years

Personal data of hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers have been unlawfully shared by the Central Body for Asylum Seekers (COA) with the police for years. This is evidenced by a draft letter to the House of Representatives of Minister Ferd Grapperhaus (Justice, CDA) and Secretary of State Ankie Broekers-Knol (Migration, VVD), reports NRC that the letter has seen. The letter states that the sharing of asylum seekers data will now be definitively stopped.

The Ministry of Justice does not want to respond because it first wants to inform the Chamber about the subject.

For at

least seven years, the COA shared daily structural data of all its residents with the National Aliens Node (NVIK) of the police. This was very personal and sensitive information from all asylum seekers, including religion, ethnicity, name, age, country of origin. According to lawyers, sharing that data is contrary to the law. It can also lead to the criminalisation of a group of innocent asylum seekers.