On March 3rd 2016 the CTIVD announced an investigation into the topics of notification and access to information by the Dutch General Intelligence and Security Service (GISS) and the Defence Intelligence and Security Service (DISS).
The central theme of this investigation is transparency regarding personal data. Both the legal obligation to notify persons of investigative powers that have been used in regard to them and the legal obligation to provide access to personal data processed by the service aim to offer individuals a certain level of transparency about the secret activities of the intelligence and security services, at least where these activities interfere with their privacy.
The first phase of the investigation focuses on the fulfillment of the obligation of the services to investigate, five years after the use of an investigative power, whether the individual concerned can be notified (article 34 ISS Act). The second phase concerns the fulfillment of the obligation to provide access to information processed by the services, if possible (articles 47 and 50 ISS Act). Only access to personal data is relevant to this investigation.
Both phases of the investigation will be concluded with a public review report.