How does handle your personal data?

The Ministry of Defence handles your personal data with the utmost care.

What do we use your personal data for?

We use your personal data on for the following purposes:

  1. Handling questions, complaints and requests (including the right to access)
  2. Registration for activities such as open days and family events
  3. Awarding the Mobilisation War Cross
  4. Subscription to Defence magazines
  5. Data on website traffic

The Ministry of Defence has a GDPR processing register. The register contains information regarding the grounds on which the personal data are being processed.

To access the processing register, you can submit a request to the Data Protection Officer.

Why do we ask for your personal data?

We use your personal data, with your permission, because without it we would not be able to achieve our purpose.

How are your personal data processed?

We use as little personal data as possible to achieve our purpose. For purpose 5, these data are anonymised. Your question, complaint or request will be handled by our own employees.

The Ministry of Defence does not share your data with third parties. However, if you use the 'Share this page' button, there is a possibility that the social media channel you are sharing on may add it to your profile as an 'interest'.

What are your privacy rights?

You can find information on your privacy rights on the privacy rights page.

How long do we store your personal data?

As soon as we have answered your question, complaint or request (purpose 1), processed your registration (purpose 2), processed your authorisation (purpose 3) or processed your subscription, your personal data will be removed from our systems. With regard to purpose 1, a term of 5 years applies for Freedom of Information Act requests (WOB-verzoeken), while a term of 10 years applies for objections, appeals and complaints. For purpose 4, your subscription will be kept until you terminate it.

How do we protect your personal data?

The Ministry of Defence has taken appropriate and organisational measures to protect personal data. The Ministry of Defence has an integrated security system that consists of physical, information and personnel security measures. This is set out in detail in the Defence Security Policy.

With regard to recently classified and/or vital Defence tasks, external organisations must meet the General Security Requirements for Defence Contracts 2017 (ABDO 2017). For more information, please contact the Military Intelligence and Security Service.

Personal data may be used for investigation

The Ministry of Defence may pass on personal data for investigation purposes if criminal offences are committed or criminal statements are made via the site.

Do you have a complaint?

Information on how to file a complaint can be found on the complaint about the use of personal data page.

Data Protection Officer

The Netherlands Ministry of Defence has its own Data Protection Officer. 

Postal address:

Netherlands Ministry of Defence
Data Protection Officer
P.O. Box 20701
2500 ES The Hague

You can also contact the Data Protection Officer by email:

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