Private info of numerous individuals who participated within the Netherlands’ coronavirus track-and-trace programme has been leaked, the Dutch well being authorities (GGD) mentioned on Friday.
The GGD confirmed a media report that information had been stolen and apologised for what it mentioned had been two separate leaks. It mentioned in a press release it didn’t know the way many individuals had been affected by the info theft, however they might quantity within the hundreds.
Affirmation of the leaks follows violent protests over a authorities resolution to impose a night-time curfew along with a months-long lockdown to attempt to management the pandemic.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte can be underneath fireplace as a result of the Netherlands was the final amongst European Union international locations to start COVID-19 vaccinations.
The GGD mentioned the info leaks had been from its core track-and-trace system, and never associated to a monitoring smartphone app that had been carefully scrutinised for potential privateness weaknesses.
In a single occasion, GGD staff focused the private info of a small variety of outstanding people. Within the different, a whole information set was leaked and supplied on the market on-line although it was not clear whether or not anybody purchased the info.
“If individuals who imply sick deliberately take information out of a system, that is nearly unattainable to cease,” the GGD mentioned.
The GGD acknowledged folks might now be reluctant to take part in its track-and-trace programme, however mentioned it could do its greatest to revive public confidence.
“We’re working carefully with the police, justice and information and cyber-crime specialists,” it mentioned.
“Individuals who have crossed the road will likely be fired, merely, and weak spots in our safety will likely be recognized and strengthened.”
Broadcaster RTL first reported information of the leak. The GGD confirmed the leaks included names, addresses, social safety numbers, phone numbers, and take a look at outcomes.
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