R.V. lived in Utrecht and worked as a postman. He discovered that, along with almost 200 others, he was kept under secret surveillance by a group of government security services. The civilians were allegedly being monitored because they were part of the Peace Movement.
R.V. and others asked to see the information which had been collected about them. They claimed that it could have harmful effects on their future employment, and could be easily stolen. Their requests were all refused.