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Pulse update: 54% tracked government domains use HTTPS

Pulse measures whether Dutch government domains support the HTTPS protocol (https://), and the strength of that support. HTTPS provides a secure connection across the internet between websites and their visitors, and is becoming the new baseline for public web services. As part of this shift, the Dutch government is in the process of transitioning entirely to HTTPS. HTTPS and TLS data was last collected through a scan of the public internet on April 6, 2017.

Common arrangements Safety regions and health regions no HTTPS

Only 36% of the 344 domains of so-called Common Arrangements support HTTPS. Domains such as Eems Dollard Regio, Veiligheidsregio Zeeland, GGD Amsterdam, GGD Haaglanden, GGD Rotterdam-Rijnmond, Intergemeentelijke Sociale Dienst Steenwijkerland & Westerveld, Intergemeentelijke Sociale Dienst Steenwijkerland & Westerveld and Interprovinciaal Overleg have no secure HTTPS-connection.

Ambassade websites

The past month the number of government domains with HTTPS has increased from 52% to 54%. From the 330 domains under the responsibility of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs only 31% support HTTPS. In this measure the recently launched new Dutch embassy websites have been excluded.

Recently, Dutch member of parliament Han ten Broeke asked parliamentary questions to the Minister of Foreign Affairs because most embassy websites did not support HTTPS or caused risks to visitors because they were referred from a HTTPS-domain to a HTTP-domain. That problem is solved because the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has launched a new website for all Dutch embassies that support HTTPS.

However, the old domains in the government’s website register have not been replaced or updated with the new ones. Visitors to the old website of the Dutch embassy in Afghanistan are now referred to the new site.

The government’s website register has not been updated since 26 January 2017, while normally it gets an update every month.

Overview April 2017

Below you’ll find the complete overview of this month. All other information you will find on pulse.openstate.eu.

Overheid Aantal Domeinen Ondersteunt HTTPS Dwingt HTTPS Af Strict Transport Security (HSTS) SSL Labs (A- of hoger)
Gemeenten 380 80% 67% 50% 78%
Gemeenschappelijke Regelingen 344 36% 28% 7% 29%
Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken 330 31% 5% 3% 30%
Ministerie van Volksgezondheid, Welzijn en Sport 126 56% 52% 34% 43%
Ministerie van Economische Zaken 122 48% 43% 29% 41%
Ministerie van Infrastructuur en Milieu 121 46% 40% 14% 36%
Ministerie van Veiligheid en Justitie 110 62% 35% 36% 55%
Ministerie van Binnenlandse Zaken 106 68% 59% 42% 63%
Ministerie van Onderwijs, Cultuur en Wetenschap 83 57% 52% 39% 48%
Ministerie van Sociale Zaken en Werkgelegenheid 26 54% 54% 19% 46%
Waterschappen 21 81% 76% 33% 76%
Ministerie van Algemene Zaken 19 95% 89% 74% 89%
Ministerie van Financiƫn 18 67% 67% 28% 50%
Provincies 12 83% 67% 50% 75%
Ministerie van Defensie 9 100% 89% 44% 100%
Algemene Rekenkamer 5 40% 40% 20% 40%
Nationale Ombudsman 3 67% 33% 0% 67%
Eerste Kamer 1 100% 100% 0% 100%
Tweede Kamer 1 100% 100% 100% 100%
Raad van State 1 100% 100% 100% 100%
Hoge Raad van Adel 1 100% 100% 100% 100%
Nederlands-Vlaamse Accreditatieorganisatie 1 100% 100% 0% 100%
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