The General Intelligence and Security Service (AIVD) and the Military Intelligence and Security Service (MIVD) must destroy five large data sets. These have been compiled and preserved for no good reason. That is the conclusion of the Commission of Supervision of the Intelligence and Security Services (CTIVD). This concerns data of probably millions of citizens that have been collected in the context of the Intelligence and Security Services Act (Wiv). The law is more commonly known as the Sleep Act.
Complaint Bits of Freedom
The CTIVD investigated the matter after a complaint from the citizen movement Bits of Freedom. At the end of May, this organization filed a complaint on behalf of millions of citizens. The BoF has thus been the first organization to file a kind of ‘class action complaint with the CTIVD. In this way, Bits of Freedom wanted to “stop this illegal practice and free the data of all these citizens from the clutches of the secret services”. If it is up to the supervisory committee, this will now also happen.
Previous warnings from the CTIVD were just that: warnings. This is because the supervisory department has no enforcement power. As a result, the intelligence services and the cabinet were able to ignore the advice. However, the complaints department of the CTIVD does have enforcement power. The datasets must now be destroyed within two weeks.
The two security services were already tapped on their fingers in 2019 and in 2020 about the same data sets. However, they argued that the full