The government will request passenger data from travelers returning from risk areas, so that it can be checked whether they are complying with the quarantine rules. Minister Hugo de Jonge (Public Health) wrote this in a letter to Parliament on Friday.
De Jonge says he will request passenger data from ships, such as cruises, and aircraft that work with reservations. “I will discuss the practical implementation of this with the airlines and shipping companies,” says De Jonge.
The Thursday evening press conference announced that travelers from risk areas – countries with an orange or red color – should stay home for two weeks and have themselves tested. The government will use the passenger data to check whether travelers comply with this.
According to De Jonge, these are “random checks”, which include calling people afterwards. The cabinet wants to use the national call center for this purpose in order not to burden the GGDs with it.
Passenger data of international trains and buses cannot be requested at this time because there is no legal basis for this, the minister writes. “I will work with the parties involved to look at the possible options for obtaining passenger data.”
NU.nl has asked the Dutch Data Protection Authority what impact this measure has on the privacy of citizens. This article will be updated as soon as we have a response.