Privacy Statement

This privacy statement was last reviewed on April 17th, 2024.

What we do

Web-IQ offers services that enable our customers to search public data from the internet and use this for their own objectives. We work primarily for customers who are active in the field of security, justice, risk assessment and fraud prevention and who use our services to make the world a better and safer place.

To make this possible, Web-IQ collects publicly available data from various online sources, such as social media, news sites, marketplaces, blogs, forums and the dark web. This may include your personal information. We may collect the following information: name, address, postal code, city, region, country, and social media profiles. Web-IQ does not however collect any protected information.

Web-IQ collects publicly available data because the processing is necessary to improve the quality of our services and to improve the minimization of data collection. Furthermore, publicly available data is also collected on behalf of our customers in which case the collection process is limited to data that contributes to their information needs. This means that in terms of the GDPR, Web-IQ acts as a controller as well as a data processor.

In addition, Web-IQ enables customers to install and operate Web-IQ software themselves on their own servers. As part of this, customers may capture public data from the internet or dark web onto their own systems, potentially including your personal data. We help our customers to comply to the privacy and data protection regulations for their situation by providing software that allows them to control and limit what data is being collected, how long the data is stored and who and how the data can be accessed.

In our agreements with our customers, we state that our customers may only use our services, data and products in a lawful manner that respects all applicable privacy aspects. Web-IQ will not do business with organizations that are related to countries, individuals or groups on the European Union Sanctions list.

We also use personal data from our customers, business contacts, web site visitors and people who signed up for our newsletters. More detailed information about how we use personal data can be found below.

How we use your data

When you partner with us or purchase our services or products

If you become our customer or partner, we may collect personal information about you or your employees, like names, email addresses and telephone numbers. We also process payment information and other information we need from your business to offer you our services. We process this data to execute our agreement with you. We use this information only to contact you and fulfill our contractual obligations. We will not share this information with other customers nor third-parties without your consent and we will make sure that this information is protected properly. We store this information during the time we have an agreement with you and up to 12 months, or longer if necessary, after we end this agreement. Some information is stored longer due to the legal retention period.

When you use our services

Customers that sign up for our services need to provide a valid email address to create an account. After an account is created, you can log in to your account using your username or email address and password. We process this data to execute our agreement with you. We will use your email address only to send you monitoring alerts and other automated system notifications (that you opt in for) and system maintenance updates. Your email address will never be disclosed to third-parties, nor will it be used for promotional or commercial purposes by Web-IQ without your prior consent. Web-IQ does not actively collect nor monitor your navigational actions (like queries and clicking on items of interest). However, this information, including personal information like your IP address can appear in the log files of our underlying services. Log files are kept for a limited period (30 days) and only for support and maintenance purposes. If you need more information about how we protect your case data in our services, the agreement and the terms and conditions that apply, please contact us at store this information during the time we have an agreement with you and up to 12 months, or longer if necessary, after we end this agreement. Some information is stored longer due to the legal retention period.

When our software captures your online information

In a similar way to how search engines work, Web-IQ searches and stores public data from the internet and the dark web. As part of this, we may capture your personal information which is publicly available. We only collect public data. This is data that is actively shared online at places such as social media, news sites, darknet marketplaces, blogs and forums and can be found with a standard internet search engine or by visiting the relevant site on the internet or dark web. We have designed our services with privacy in mind:

When you subscribe to one of our newsletters

When you subscribe to one of our newsletters, we keep your email address and name, so we can send you the information you signed up for. We process this data on the basis of your consent. We will not use this email address to spam you with other information or for any other purpose. We use a newsletter service that allows us to keep track of how many subscribers open and interact with our newsletter emails. We use this information solely to learn how we can improve the content of our newsletter. Each newsletter contains a link that allows you to unsubscribe.

When you contact us

When you contact us via the contact form on our website, we keep your email address, your name and company name and the content of the  message, so that we can respond to your message. We process this data so we can execute your (service) request. We process this data on the basis of your consent. You can also send us an e-mail or call us. We will not use the information provided by you in this context for other purposes, unless you have explicitly requested it yourself. We will not keep any personal data longer than necessary for the full processing of your message. We store this data until we handled your service request, you are satisfied with out response and no further action is required.

When you apply for a job with us

When you apply for a job with us, we collect and process various personal data during the application process, such as your name, contact details, CV, motivation letter, or other personal data you decide to share. This personal data will only be used for the purpose of the application procedure. We process this data on the basis of (possibly) entering into an employment agreement. At the end of the application procedure, the data will be deleted, unless you have given your consent to a longer retention. If we decide to hire you, we use the information you provided for your personnel file.

For research purposes

Some personal data are also processed for research purposes. In cases where this is incompatible with the original purposes of processing, your explicit permission will always be sought beforehand. We will never process data for research purposes for longer than is necessary for the relevant research.

When you visit our site

Social Media buttons

We use buttons that send you to our pages on social networking website LinkedIn and X. These buttons may place a cookie on your device. These buttons work through pieces of code derived from LinkedIn and X itself. We do not have any influence on the use of the data by these companies.For more information about how these companies use cookies, please read their privacy statement (which may change periodically):

Your rights

You have various rights with respect to the personal data as described in the “How do we use your data” section above.

If you ask us to stop handling your personal information, we will stop unless we can show you that we have compelling grounds as to why our use of your personal information should continue. For other questions regarding your rights under the data protection laws, please contact us at

We will endeavor to deal with any questions, requests, or complaints as quickly as possible. If you feel that we do not help you in the right way, you have the right to lodge a complaints with the Dutch Data Protection Authority. More information about submitting a complaint to the Dutch Data Protection Authority can be found at

Changes to this Privacy Statement

We may update this privacy statement from time to time. The latest version of this privacy statement can be found on our website. If you have any questions about this privacy statement, please contact us.

Data Protection Officer

Web-IQ B.V.
Helperpark 278-10
9723 ZA Groningen
The Netherlands
+31 (0)50 21 11 622