On 19 June 2018 the legislative proposal for the Digital Government Act (Wet Digitale Overheid) was submitted to the Dutch House of Representatives.

The aim of the Digital Government Act is to regulate safe and secure online access for Dutch citizens and companies to (semi)government websites and apps. Not only the Dutch government itself, but all administrative authorities, institutes for higher education, pension providers, healthcare insurers and healthcare providers fall under the scope of the Digital Government Act. The act aims to develop a login-system that is more safe than the current DigiD system.

This legislative proposal is the first tranche of regulation intended to (further) digitalize the Dutch government. The legislative proposal contains the subjects that “most urgently” needed to be regulated. The act contains, among others:

  • A legal basis to oblige government authorities to use open standards. The use of open standards will lead to an extended freedom of choice in IT-providers;
  • Rules on privacy;
  • Rules on the security of information;
  • Rules on safe and secure digital online access to (semi)government online services for citizens and companies.

The Digital Government act also contains obligations for healthcare insurers and healthcare providers to secure their systems to guarantee safe online access to their systems. According to the Explanatory Memorandum to the Act those parties should design a policy for the securitization of information. The parties should secure good availability, security, safety and performance of their systems.

Following the current time table, the expected date of entry into force of the Digital Government Act is July 2019.