State waives appeal in SyRI case

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April 25, 2020
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On April 23, 2020, the State Secretary of Social Affairs and Employment informed the House of Representatives that he would not appeal the verdict of the District Court of The Hague of February 5, 2020 on the System Risk Indication (SyRI). The court ruled that SyRI violates the European Convention on Human Rights. Here, according to the secretary of state, part of the issue is that SyRI was insufficiently efficient and effective in fighting fraud and did not add value to the parties working with it.

This means that SyRI has finally come to a halt!

It is good that the State recognizes that the risk profiling system and the invasion of citizens’ private lives was unsustainable. This is another important step for privacy protection in the Netherlands.

At the same time, the secretary of state repeatedly emphasizes that the court says the use of data and new technologies in the social security domain is legitimate. In those, the court found that the government has a special responsibility to adequately protect the privacy of its citizens. The secretary of state will therefore focus on developing a new tool.

PILP and the coalition of civil society organizations we work with will closely monitor these developments.

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