The Central Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers (COA) has concluded an agreement to supply privacy-sensitive data from asylum seekers to the police, NRC reports Monday. This agreement may violate privacy laws.

The police confirm to NU.nl that this agreement has indeed been concluded, but could not immediately elaborate on it on Monday morning.

Several lawyers informed NRC that the agreement does not seem to be in accordance with the privacy regulations of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The GDPR regulates, among other things, the exchange of sensitive data between different authorities.

These should not be requested without reason, but the police would receive data under this agreement from 27,000 asylum seekers without necessarily being suspected of anything, the newspaper said. This would include data about the date of birth, religion and ethnicity of asylum seekers.

The police want to use this information to fight crime among asylum seekers. The agreement has existed since May.

COA was in the news last month after the data of hundreds of asylum seekers were accidentally put publicly online. The file, which was taken offline a short time later, contained data from vulnerable asylum seekers who may have been exploited.

NU.nl has contacted COA.