The two men who were charged in the criminal case surrounding the ‘GGD leak’ have been sentenced to prison terms. The heaviest sentence is for a 21-year-old man from Heiloo. The judge sentenced him to ten months in prison, five of which were conditional. With deduction of his pre-trial detention, he still has to go to prison for two months.
The other suspect, a 23-year-old man from Alblasserdam, was sentenced to 60 days in prison, of which 34 days on probation. He was also given a community service order of 180 hours. He no longer has to go to prison, because he has already served his prison sentence in his pre-trial detention.
The sentences for the men are lower than the requirements of the Public Prosecution Service (respectively twelve months and a half years in prison), partly because the court has taken into account the fact that the men are still relatively young.
Names, addresses and phone numbers
According to the GGD, the personal data of about a thousand people who had recently been tested were stolen during the data theft in January. These included names, addresses, telephone numbers and social security numbers. At the time of the theft, 6.5 million people were in the systems.
The police arrested seven people in the case, two of whom have now been convicted. The twenty-somethings didn’t know each other. Their lawyers said in the handling of the case that they had been given too little guidance and that it was made too easy for them to leak confidential data.
The data theft led to criticism of the GGD and outgoing Minister of Health De Jonge, who allegedly handled the security of the GGD systems too lax.
The 21-year-old man from Heiloo, who worked as a call center employee at the GGD, received a heavier sentence because he had sold data. The 23-year-old man did not. He did, however, send photos of the personal files of, among others, crime reporters Peter R. de Vries and John van den Heuvel via Whatsapp to someone else. The court judged him heavily for this, because De Vries and Van den Heuvel were seriously threatened at that time.