petitie.be aims to overcome the usual shortcomings of online petitions, we ask:
to address each petition to a recipient in the position to change matters as requested
to have a petitioner responsible as a spokesperson and contact about the petition; no anonymous petitions without someone responsible
petitions to deal with the public interest, no consumer issues
for constructive petitions by requiring a sender and clear observation and demand
preventing spam for signatories.
In general we want to enable and improve the constitutional right to petition.
You can not sign anonymously. You can sign without showing your name publicly. When you sign you should tick a checkbox to allow your name to be shown publicly. When you do not allow this, only three persons can see your name:
The recipient of the petition, usually the government.
The petitioner, who manages the petition.
petitie.be, who manages the website. You can always tick or empty this checkbox.
Those who receive your petition are handed a list of signatures to verify. Hypothetically a politician or civil servant might contact you personally when they expect you can give a valuable insight on the petition. Practically they only talk to the petitioner, as spokesperson for all signatories. The recipient of a petition can not send a mailing to all signatories, because this is prohibited by the dataprotection law. After all, our database is not created for that purpose and therefore the data can not be used for it. The webmaster and systeemadministrator of petitie.be have access to all this data. The petitie.be Foundation aims for distinction from competing action sites with reliability and neutrality. We operate under Belgian legislation on servers in Belgium from a non-profit organisation which is not for sale. Unused data is actively deleted (storing no data is always the safest policy). The lead petitioner only has access to the name-function-place data for the hand over. Included are the 'anonymous' signatories, not publicly visible on the website. This list may not be published (protected by the dataprotection act) and may only be handed over to be verified. And to impress of course! Elected representatives know how difficult it is to voluntarily make someone sign for something...
When a petition is closed for signing the button to sign does not appear under a petition. A petition closes before the hand over and then awaits an answer. You could contact the lead petitioner to add your signature if the petition is not formally handed over.
It can happen you signed with an e-mail address you can not access (anymore). You notice this when you do not receive the confirmation e-mail within some 15 minutes after signing. Also requesting that e-mail again does not work, because it goes to an address where you can not read it. No problem, just sign again with your information but with the correct, working address.
Yes, you sign anonymously by default. The recipient of the petition and the lead petitioner can see who (your name and self description) signed from where. Only if you opted in for showing your name on the web it appears under the petition. You can reverse this by yourself anytime but it might already be archived by others in the meantime.
Sign by entering your name and e-mail address and confirm your signature from the e-mail you receive. On the page where you confirm, you can invite others to sign. You can send invitations by e-mail or use social media. On the same page you can also indicate you would like to help or donate.
Unfortunately, we require one e-mail address per signature to make it easy for the majority. No need for a password and each signature is connected to a person who can read e-mail. The way out is to either sign on paper and send/e-mail this to the lead petitioner or get an (extra) e-mail address. You can get an e-mail address for free from Open Domein, the organisation which also hosts this website. More details solutions in our handbook.
Sign a petition again with the same e-mail address as you have used before and and we send you the confirm e-mail with the link to the personal page. Follow this link and you change your name or description. You can also always hide or modify your name or description and you can change your other settings.