National Switchpoint does not offer end-to-end encryption




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Medical information sent via the National Switching Point, LSP, is not end-to-end encrypted. Data is only sent encrypted over the connections. That says Minister for Medical Care Bruins in response to PvdD questions.

The minister refers in his answer to the parliamentary question to the NEN-7512 standard, which prescribes that no end-to-end encryption is required. “There are several ways to achieve strong security, and the standard offers that scope”, writes Bruins.

According to the letter, a requesting care party is now reporting from a GBZ via a ‘certified, secure connection, with a strong identifier (the UZI card)’ to the VZVZ , the manager of the LSP. Bruins does indicate that NEN is asked by standards researcher if an adaptation of the standard is desirable, ‘on the basis of the state of the art’.

The letter from the Minister for Medical Care was a response to questions from Christine Teunissen, Member of the Party for the Animals. She asked during a debate whether the information in question is end-to-end secured. She says she has heard “sounds” that the American administrator of the LSP – CSC – could be between the connection of health care providers. In addition, the MP is of the opinion that the data exchange between medical institutions should be encrypted, from start to finish. “That is a logical requirement.”

The LSP is a care network for care providers that does not store medical information themselves, only a reference index with citizen service numbers. The network was developed after stopping the epd .


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