Oh, oh… the Iron Lady who has always maintained that “rules are rules” has broken rules herself! It was revealed by the College Bescherming Persoonsgevens (CBP, Directorate of Privacy Protection). In the case of Kosovar girl Taïda Pasic, who was forced to leave the
CBP report: “Authorities and government officials are require to respect the fundamental law on the protection of personal living space in the performance of their duty. Attention in the media for policy [matters] or the performance there of […] does not [deprive of] this fundamental legal protection.”
Verdonk in her defence says that when the situation is urgent she has the ministerial capacity to reveal such facts to the public, and points the fault at the media for “uneven reporting”.
Taida came to the
UPDATE 3 juni 2006
Here is minister Verdonk’s reaction to the CBP’s accusation that she broke the law.
Part of the ‘reasoning’ is that because of new media like the internet reporting and discussion of individual cases are receiving unprecedented public attention in ways that may jeopardise decision making. She argues that misinformation or wrong reporting can affect public opinion, so in revealing information to the newspaper she was simply trying to strengthen “social support for policy and the social confidence in the careful and legitimate execution of immigration-related legal procedures”. By revealing personal information of Tadic, she was trying to “bring balance to the case”