The reports also revealed information on controversial imams, foreign lenders and internal conflicts.
The Islamic umbrella organization SPIOR said the investigation “enormously” damaged the trust the Muslim community has in the government. “There is even talk of islamophobia from the state,” SPIOR said.
“With a government that so violently and radically portrays the Muslim community as the “other” and “potentially dangerous”, populism seems to have reached the upper government levels,” SPIOR said.
The NTA claimed that the investigation method was in line with the standards for social science research. The agency said it adheres to the law, yet privacy experts told the NRC that municipalities are breaking the law with these undercover investigations.