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How does CBS handle your privacy?

CBS treats your personal data with the utmost care. Individual persons are never identifiable or traceable in the statistics or publications. We also have measures in place to prevent the theft, loss or misuse of personal data. CBS will never supply identifiable data at personal level to third parties, including other government institutions.

This infographic shows how Statistics Netherlands handles your privacy. It displays a map with people and symbols representing data collection and processing. 1. CBS selects a random group of people and businesses in the Caribbean Netherlands. 2. You fill in the questionnaire or you are contacted by an interviewer from CBS. 3. Your personal data are separated from your answers. 4. Your answers are processed into anonymous data. 1. CBS selects a random group of people and businesses in the Caribbean Netherlands 2. You fill in the questionnaire, or you are contacted by an interviewer from CBS How does CBS handle your privacy?

CBS protects your data with technical and logistical measures. Rules in the organization also ensure good data protection. Following are the most important measures:

  • When you complete a survey or submit any data, this information is delivered to CBS in encoded form. The data are received by CBS in a secured environment. Only authorised personnel who require the data for their work shall have access to these data.
  • At the earliest possible stage in the process, all directly identifiable personal data are removed from the files. This means datasets for research will never contain any data such as names, addresses or citizen identification numbers.
  • Every CBS employee is required to observe the strictest standards of confidentiality and has signed a confidentiality agreement to this effect.
  • CBS only uses the data for statistical and scientific purposes. CBS is excluded by law from using the data for fiscal, administrative, verification and legal purposes. Furthermore, data are never used for marketing purposes.
  • All statistical processes at CBS are certified in terms of personal data protection. This privacy proof audit is carried out by an accredited external party.


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More information (in Dutch only):

Explanation of symbols

Empty cell figure not applicable
. figure is unknown, insufficiently reliable or confidential
* provisional figure
** revised provisional figure
(between two numbers) inclusive
0 (0.0) less than half of unit concerned
2016–2017 2016 to 2017 inclusive
2016/2017 average for the years 2016 up to and including 2017
2016/’17 crop year, financial year, school year etc., beginning in 2016 and ending in 2017
2004/’05–2016/’17 crop year etc. 2004/’05 up to and including 2016/’17

Due to rounding, some totals may not correspond to the sum of the separate figures.

About CBS

Statistics Netherlands (CBS)

As a society we want information based on reliable figures so we know what is going on around us. CBS’ statutory task is to compile relevant and independent figures on a wide range of topics that are important to society and thus support public debate, policy development and decision-making. Whichever the issue or topic, we respond to the need for transparent and accessible information. All outcomes are made publicly available.

Through time, CBS has grown into an innovative knowledge institution, with continuous adoption of new technologies and developments in order to safeguard the quality of its data and its independent position.

CBS in the Caribbean Netherlands

CBS opened an office on Bonaire in 2010. The Bonaire office is responsible for all statistics referring to the three islands of the Caribbean Netherlands: Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba. Topics include prices, population, labour, income, the economy, tourism and trade.

Publications can be found in the dossier Caribbean Netherlands.


StatLine is the database of CBS. It offers a wealth of figures about the economy and society in the Netherlands and Caribbean Netherlands, freely available as tables, graphs or maps.

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