The Dutch Data Protection Authority (AP) investigates how the personal data in the hands of political parties are used during election campaigns.
The research mainly focuses on service providers who help political parties with their campaigns. Many parties can know the political preferences of a user, a personal data that according to the AP needs to be protected extra well.
Parties can ask external organizations to approach potential voters via social media, for example. It is not allowed to use the member administration of a party to find people.
It is also forbidden to record political preferences in a database. This is a ‘special personal data’ with special rules, just like ethnicity and medical information.
The AP talks about an exploratory investigation. All political parties that are active in the House of Representatives have been approached for this.