Your personal data
As the law (in Dutch) prescribes, all personal data are only purposefully used; for the purpose you have supplied them: the recipient of a petition gets a copy of the list of signatories to verify or to get an overview of their constituency. In case of a normal petition these are your name, function and place. When extra legal requirements apply, also your street, postal code, date of birth and citizenship. For example in case of citizen’s initiative or referendum request. Nobody gets to see your e-mail address.
When you sign, technical details are stored about your internet address and your browser. We show these for you to verify.
Your public profile
On the website we show your name, function and place when you make this choice. By default you sign anonymously and your data do not show. In that case we delete your personal data from the database once the petition is answered. We keep some impersonal details: timestamp of your signature, which petition, your place and function. Make sure you do not include personal details in your place (like your address) or in your function (like the name of your company).
If you indicated your public support to a petition your name, place of residence and title/description remain in the database to be served on the web. When you change your mind, you can always change this. Follow the link to your personal page you can find in our e-mails.
Copied by others
We ask the search engines to ignore the list of signatures for a petition, but on the page of the petition there are a dozen signatures you might be in. If you end up in the search results like this and you change your signature to invisible, it might take up to a week to disappear from the search results.
Every quarter the Royal Library makes a copy of the entire site to keep for historians for example. In the Royal Library in The Hague you can consult these copies.
E-mail from us
When you e-mail the webmaster your e-mail address is only used for correspondence regarding that question, complaint or remark. You do not receive impersonal information (like a newsletter), unless you subscribe yourself to the newsletter.
When you sign a petition, you will always receive three e-mails from firstname.lastname@example.org:
If you do not confirm you receive two reminders. One week after your sign and when the petition is about to close.
On top of that, the petitioner can have petities.nl e-mail about the progress to those who indicated willingness to receive such e-mails. You can indicate you do not want this by following the link from the e-mail, with which you confirmed your signature. You can find the link to your personal page also in every e-mail from us.
When you pledge help to a petition the petitioner might send you e-mail about this.
You can also indicate to receive e-mail from your municipality. In these e-mails the municipality invites you to contribute your ideas. Also these e-mails you can always stop.