As of 1 July, 2023, the Digital Government Act in the Netherlands will be implemented. Healthcare and educational organisations will be tied to stricter compliance rules over their digital onboarding processes to log into government services.

The Netherlands, like Denmark and Norway, is really ahead with its digitalisation and becoming increasingly common, public notaries are hardly ever used or being overtaken by online processes, where the new focus is rather on achieving inclusion and cross-border digital cohesion among the ecosystem.

The hope is that the Digital Government Act should outline the values and procedures of government authentication systems to services and overlay these goals of inclusion and ensuring everybody is using online, connected services. It will also ensure governments follow and adhere to standards in terms of security and seamlessness.

The first phase will commence on the 1 July for authenticating processes to log into (semi-)government institutions.

The intentions of the Digital Government Act (WDo) are described as “ensuring secure and reliable login to online public services in the Netherlands” and expanding private as well as public electronic identifiers, or eIDs, to login with government as well as DigiD.

The two parts of the Act relate to the procedures of logging in and sharing personal data.