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Fidus

Fidus is the name given to the regional services integrator, that is the legal administrator of electronic data exchanges from and to institutions in the Brussels-Capital Region, provided that these data come from authentic sources.

Fidus is the name given to the regional services integrator, that is the legal administrator of electronic data exchanges from and to institutions in the Brussels-Capital Region, provided that these data come from authentic sources.

This initiative aims to regulate and encourage electronic data exchanges between public bodies, in accordance with the ‘only once’ principle. According to this principle, users provide details to a public body just once, and the institution in question then makes the information available to other public bodies which can justify a legitimate need to access it. The aim is to ensure administrative simplification on the one hand and to protect personal details on the other.

Fidus has been given the task of organising data exchanges from and to the public services of the Brussels-Capital Region through an IT platform. The said public services include public social assistance centres, public hospitals, all other public authorities accountable to the Brussels-Capital Region and any other institutions wishing to call upon this service.

A technical platform has been set up to enable electronic data exchanges between organisations while complying with the legal requirements.

The legal requirements in question here are:

  • the directory of references: this records which institution needs which data about which individual/business/vehicle, etc., in the context of which authorisation, for what period of time. The directory makes it possible, among other things, to report changes to institutions that have to take account of them for certain dossiers (for example, a parking permit will become invalid if the driver moves out of the commune in which it was issued)
  • access may be granted only to authorised institutions: a rules database determines which institution has access to which service and which data in the context of which authorisation, for what period of time;
  • keeping track of access: which institution accessed what, when, in the context of which authorisation. These data can be used to trace access when dealing with any complaints that are made.

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