AVG OK, that is the name of the quality mark that the AVG Foundation is launching today. With the vignette, the foundation wants to assure citizens, companies, customers, employees and members that an organization handles personal data properly. If it is up to the foundation, the quality mark is the prelude to an official AVG certificate.
The AVG Foundation informs VPNGids.nl about this.
Too many privacy complaints and data leaks
The AVG OK vignette is urgently needed, according to the foundation. In practice, it appears that many companies, organizations and authorities do not take the protection of private data seriously enough. The annual figures of the Dutch Data Protection Authority prove this. The regulator recently reported in its annual report that it received 24,866 reports of data breaches last year.
The number of privacy complaints did drop from 25,590 to 18,914. This decrease is probably due to the fact that it takes the privacy watchdog six months and more to process a complaint, which may deter Dutch people from reporting a privacy breach.
The Dutch Data Protection Authority imposed a fine 11 times last year for violating the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The tax authorities received the highest fine for unlawfully processing nationality data of people who applied for childcare allowance.
‘Many companies do not have their GDPR in order’
The Dutch regulator checks whether companies comply with European privacy legislation. Another important task of the privacy watchdog is information. Anyone with questions about privacy-related matters can turn to the AP for free advice. Employees also organize information evenings on the subject.