Ethnic Registration Illegal In Netherlands

Local councils in the Netherlands which are registering the ethnic origins of young trouble makers and other at risk youngsters have been told to immediately halt these procedures by the privacy watchdog CBP. In 2006, about 21 local authority areas containing a high concentraiton of immigrants from the Caribbean Antilles Islands were given permission to register the ethnic origins of young troublemakers. The CBP argues there was no legal foundation for processing ethnic details of individuals who are in trouble with the law. At the end of the year, the government gave up plans to establish a national data bank with information on young Antillean and Aruban trouble-makers. Government officials argued such a list would be in the national interest.

Why do governments avoid developing data banks on criminal records of those belonging to the majority? Anyone who claims such lists are merely an effort to help troubled youth is living in fantasy.