Sunday, October 7, 2012

Personal Files of Mayors and Commissioners of the Queen Easily Accessible

Due to an internal mistake in the National Archive in The Hague, the personal files of hundreds of mayors and commissioners of the Queen have been easily accessible for the public. The files which originate in the Ministry of Interior contain confidential data such as medical data, solicitation letters and information about issues with which they had problems. One of the files from which many copies were made is that of former Dutch Prime Minister Dries van Agt. On such files, the legal time of disclosure is very long, in some cases up till 70 years.

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