AP wants clarification about fraud algorithm municipalities

The Dutch Data Protection Authority has asked five municipalities for clarification asked about the use of the so-called ‘fraud scorecard’. This is an algorithm that maps out the risks of fraud by people on social assistance benefits.

The fraud scorecard has been described as an automated system that scores welfare recipients based on personal characteristics, such as occupation, residential area and level of education. The score should indicate whether these people have a higher risk of fraud.

The municipalities would have continued to use the algorithm, despite previous case law that the use of such a system is in violation of the privacy law. And despite a call from the Association of Dutch Municipalities (VNG) to stop.

The municipalities would only have stopped after critical reports in the media.

The AP wants clarification from the municipalities. They must report to the AP about their working methods within two months.

In the report, the municipalities must include the advice of their independent internal privacy supervisor, the data protection officer (FG). They must indicate what they did with this advice at the time.

Source: Nieuws – Emerce by www.emerce.nl.

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