On this page, you can read how we at PBL deal with the personal data received through the website. For instance, we register personal data if you order a publication. Your personal details are, of course, treated with care in a secured system. The Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency complies in this way with current privacy legislation.

How does the PBL use your personal data?

In the places where you personal data are processed, it is stated exactly which data may be used for what purposes. Your personal details will only be used for the purpose that you have indicated. This means that if, for example, you fill in your name and address for us to send you a report, these data will not be used to send you other leaflets (unless you have indicated this). This means also that your data will not be used for other purposes, such as for sending press releases and the PBL Newsletter.

For all processing of personal details, the only data that will be used are those that you yourself have specifically indicated. Personal details will not be retained any longer than is necessary to complete the purpose for which the data have been collected.

What is the Dutch Data Protection Act?

In processing personal data we follow the Dutch Data Protection Act(Wbp in Dutch). This Act helps to protect citizens’ privacy. The Wbp applies, in particular, to data that is processed through government websites. This means that personal details that are collected, saved and used through the Internet, or made available in any other form, or linked to each other and protected, are also covered by this legislation. In accordance with this Act, personal details may only be processed if this is specifically communicated, and if the purpose for which the data will be kept is given.

What are personal data/details?

Personal data/details are understood as being data that pertain to a ‘specific, identified or identifiable natural person’. That means that the name of the person to whom the data apply is known, and that the person can be identified from these data. An example of a personal detail is a name or a home address. E-mail addresses can also be used as personal data.

Does the PBL address use cookies for maintaining statistics of visitors to the site?

The website does not use cookies. However, we measure how much interest there is in the various parts of the site, how you navigate through the site and which search words you use. This helps us to adapt the layout of the site to the interests and experience of its visitors. The visitors’ statistics are not coupled to personal data, so they cannot be associated with an individual person.

Links to the websites and cookies of other organisations

On the PBL site there are hyperlinks to other websites. The PBL accepts no responsibility for the privacy policy of those websites.

Do you have any further questions?

View or de Wet bescherming persoonsgegevens (Dutch Data Protection Act) on or contact our information desk by sending an e-mail to