Dutch police still do not monitor access to Schengen system properly




National Police is still violating the Police Data Act by insufficient checks on unlawful access to the Schengen N.SIS II system. This is reported by the Dutch Data Protection Authority.

The Dutch Data Protection Authority has again imposed a penalty order on the National Police in order to induce the government department to reverse the violation. This must be done by 4 February at the latest. The violation concerns the security of police data and specifically the N.SIS II system, which contains information about persons and goods that enter and leave the Schengen area.

The privacy watchdog comes to the conclusion after investigation that the police do not have a good idea of ​​whether the system has been used unlawfully, because log files are not regularly and proactively analyzed. The order subject to periodic penalty payments to make changes to this amount is 50,000 euros.

This is the second time that the Dutch Data Protection Authority has been tapping the police over the inadequate protection of the N.SIS II system. In September, the guard dog forfeited 40,000 euros because of the same violation of the Police Data Act. In 2015, the watchdog found that the national police went wrong with the processing of data via the national Schengen Information System on five points. Improvements followed in four of them, but the check continues to go wrong.

If the violation continues after 4 February, the order subject to a penalty payment will increase by 20,000 euros every two weeks to a maximum of 320,000 euros.


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