29 October 2014
The Court of Audit has investigated the system of basic registers in place in the Netherlands. The system’s strength lies in its collection of information on people, businesses and buildings once and the government using it many times. Our audit found, however, that this is also a weakness. Errors can spread throughout the system and be repeated by many other organisations, with potentially serious consequences for the public. Data quality is therefore of vital importance. To improve it, governance must be strengthened and a different financing structure must be used.