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State to Give Dutch Citizens Personal Websites

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Fri, 31 Mar 2006 13:12:00 -0600

Dutch citizens will get a personalized Internet page giving them
access to their records at public institutions and reminding them when
to renew important documents, the government said on Friday.

The aim is to let citizens and companies, which will also get pages,
access their data at any time, and eventually reduce administrative

A trial Personal Internet Page (PIP) project will start later this
year. Between 10 and 15 government organizations will participate,
giving citizens on-line access to their tax information, grants,
licences and social security data.

The PIP will also remind citizens when to renew their travel documents
or driving license, and may show the status of a building
permit. Forms can be filled in and submitted on-line, and will re-use
standard personal data.

No date was given for when pages would be available to all.

"It is unclear when the Personal Internet Page will be fully
functional, because a comprehensive introduction is a long-term and
complex affair," the Interior Ministry said in a statement.

Several countries in Europe have put state, regional and local
services on the Internet. Denmark even offers citizens a mailbox and a
personal digital key to access all public services.

Copyright 2006 Reuters Limited.

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