Belgian Feds Under Investigation by Privacy Commission for Screening Tomorrowland Ticket Buyers

Tomorrowland Electronic Music Festival at the De Schorre recreation area in Boom, Belgium.

Tomorrowland Electronic Music Festival at the De Schorre recreation area in Boom, Belgium. 

If you buy a ticket to Tomorrowland, article 12 of the festival's general terms and conditions states that “all visitors to the festival declare to have been informed of the fact that the Organiser collects data for security reasons.”

That language, however, did not stop some of the 38 ticket-hopefuls turned down this year for “security reasons” from contacting the Belgian Privacy Commission with complaints.

Now, national publication De Standaard reports that the Privacy Commission is investigating the process by which the Belgian federal police screen the Tomorrowland data and decides who poses a security risk or not, to ensure that visitors are not being stripped of their rights or otherwise mistreated.

According to a Tomorrowland representative, the festival has shared buyer data with the Belgian federal police for the past six years. It is not unusual for some buyers to be turned down in this manner, however, this is the first time any of the would-be attendees have contacted the Privacy Commission. The representative also tells us the festival is not a subject of the Privacy Commissions' investigation.

Belgian federal police spokesperson Peter De Waele told De Standaard that the authorities were granted permission from the mayors of Boom and Rumst, where Tomorrowland takes place, in order to conduct their screenings. Billboard Dance has reached out to Waele for further comment.

Tomorrowland returns to Boom July 27-30, 2017. Read the full story at De Standaard.