Thursday 09 December 2021

Dutch privacy watchdog takes action on security cameras at saunas


The Dutch privacy watchdog APG is going to research the use of security cameras at saunas, Dutch media said over the weekend.

The APG is taking action after dozens of sauna goers reported that their privacy had been breached at saunas when their nude images were placed online, including on porn sites.

Earlier this month it emerged that pictures of the Dutch woman’s handball team at a sauna in Nederasselt had been placed online after hackers managed to breach the sauna’s security system.

Dozens of the films featuring mainly women and girls at the same sauna have been uploaded to the internet in recent months. Most of the victims had no idea they were being filmed.

‘If there are cameras, we want to know what is being done with them,’ an APG spokesman told broadcaster RTL. ‘Are they off or are they recording and how are these recordings kept safe?’

It is illegal to film in changing rooms  under rules which were introduced in 2001 for sports clubs and which also apply to saunas.

The APG said it wants to find out whether or not the rules have been broken, in which case the sauna owners could face a fine.

Thank you for donating to

The team would like to thank all the generous readers who have made a donation in recent weeks. Your financial support has helped us to expand our coverage of the coronavirus crisis into the evenings and weekends and make sure you are kept up to date with the latest developments. has been free for 14 years, but without the financial backing of our readers, we would not be able to provide you with fair and accurate news and features about all things Dutch. Your contributions make this possible.

If you have not yet made a donation, but would like to, you can do so via Ideal, credit card or Paypal.