Senate adopts Digital Government Act | News item

News item | 21-03-2023 | 16:53

On March 21, the Dutch Senate passed the digital government bill. The Digital Government Act (Wdo) will be introduced in phases on 1 July 2023.

Why is the law necessary?

The Netherlands is digitizing. There are more and more digital transactions, including with the government. It is important to ensure that collaboration is safe and orderly. To this end, we make rules about safety, arrange for monitoring and ensure that standards are used as much as possible. This law lays the foundation for this digitization of the government. The first tranche (part) of the Wdo concerns secure login to services at (semi-)government institutions.

The Wdo is a so-called framework law: the law regulates general principles, responsibilities and procedures, but no detailed rules. The law thus provides flexibility for new developments. But also that important values ​​and certainties for citizens, such as user-friendliness, reliability, safety, privacy and digital inclusion, are always guaranteed.

What changes by law?

The Wdo will soon make it possible to do business digitally with, for example, municipalities and healthcare institutions via public and private login means. Only resources that have been checked for safety and reliability by the government are admitted and are allowed in the public domain.

More information

Read more about the Digital Government Act.