NAM wrongly shared personal data with the ministry

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At the end of 2020, the Dutch Petroleum Company (NAM) incorrectly shared the names and address details of residents with the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate (EZK). The ministry calls it “quite a data breach”. A spokesperson for the NAM says that “almost only public information” has been shared.

This is apparent from correspondence held by the Dagblad van het Noorden . The news media invoked the Open Government Act (Wob) for this. A spokesperson for the NAM confirms this to the newspaper.

NAM inadvertently shared ‘a larger file than needed’

The oil company says it has provided data about the inhabitants of the earthquake area in Groningen to the Ministry of Economic Affairs. This information was necessary for an investigation into the NAM’s Value Scheme. This is a scheme that was created for Groningen residents who sold their houses at a loss due to the earthquakes, or whose value had decreased due to the earthquakes. They could count on financial compensation.

Something went wrong while sharing this information. According to the NAM, the ministry requested information from residents on a random basis. An employee of the oil company then inadvertently sent “a larger file than necessary”.

According to the Dagblad van het Noorden, it concerns Groningen homeowners who accepted an offer from NAM between 2014 and 2020. It is unknown how many people have unintentionally shared the data with the ministry. It may be thousands of inhabitants.

Data breach not reported to regulator

A spokesperson for the NAM says he regrets the situation. He emphasizes that the

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