The national government has launched a new application called MijnData. The idea is that anyone can see what data the government owns. Is something wrong? Then the app will tell you exactly how you can adjust that. The app is now available for download in the Google Play Store and App Store.
Logius , which is responsible for the management of MijnGovernment on behalf of the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, announces the MijnData app via a press release.
Five categories of personal data
The government has a mountain of data on everyone who lives in the Netherlands. Think, for example, of your living situation, your income, and driver’s license. To give you an idea of which (personal) data the government has, Logius has developed the MyData app. This allows you to view a number of personal data.
In order not to get lost in a forest of data, MijnGedata is divided into five categories: identity, finances, housing, transport, and education. For example, if you press identity, you will see which data is stored in the Personal Records Database (BRP). In addition to name, date of birth, and citizen service number, you will also find your address, wedding date, and passport or ID card.
The app tells you exactly when your driver’s license or passport expires. It is important to renew such documents on time. To help you with this, you can save the expiration date in the calendar on your smartphone or tablet. You will automatically receive a notification when the expiry date is approaching.
Government wants to give citizens more control and insight into their own data
MyData tells you exactly where the data comes from. In the housing category, for example, you see that cadastral and WOZ data come from the Land Registry and the municipality where you live. Data about your vehicle comes from the Key Register Vehicles of the National Road Transport Agency (RDW). And your diploma details are managed by the Educational Tasks Implementation Service (DUO). It states which course you followed at which educational institution, and on which date you received your diploma.
“The government wants to give Dutch people more control and insight into the use of their data by the government. The MyData app provides easy insight into which data has been registered by the government and someone can immediately see in the app where they should be if something in the data is incorrect,” says Logius. If the latter is the case, you will find the contact details of the relevant authority under each category.
Conditions to use MyData app
MyData can now be downloaded for both Android and iOS. To use the app, you must be 14 years of age and older and have a MijnGovernment account. When you start the app for the first time, you can create it. Do you already have a MijnGovernment account? Then log in with your DigiD.
When we tested the app, we noticed that the session is moving quickly. In that case you have to close the app and log in again. This is probably a security measure so that malicious parties cannot access unlimited personal data.
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