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Syntrus | Achmea real estate & Finance – Blurrify

Syntrus Achmea Real Estate & Finance is an investment management organization focused on real estate and mortgages for institutional investors. Syntrus Achmea manages more than €37 billion in invested capital for more than 70 clients.

Case study

The challenge

Syntrus Achmea Real Estate & Finance (SARE&F) has an extensive digital archive that has grown over a period of 50 years. During this period, legislation and regulations have changed frequently which has implications for this archive. What was par for the course a few years ago – like the uncensored storage of a BSN number - is often no longer an option after the introduction of the GDPR. However, how do you remove BSN numbers from mortgage files when you are uncertain which documents contain them and finding out would require searching through 1.5 million documents – often with a deadline?

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70.000 mortgage files
1,5 million documents
7 million pages
2 terabytes of data

Impact

Within a period of 6 weeks, 70,000 mortgage files, or 1.5 million documents, were scanned with the goal of finding a BSN number. With an accuracy of 95%, around 700,000 BSN numbers were successfully blurred out. This not only saved SARE&F a year in manual effort and associated costs, but it also provided SARE&F with a scalable model for ensuring the future compliance of legacy data.

6-week lead time
6-week lead time

95% accuracy
95% accuracy

12 months in time saved
12 months in time saved

Word from Syntrus | Achmea real estate & Finance

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Martijn Groenewegen
Director of IT at Syntrus Achmea Real Estate & Finance

The introduction of GDPR conflicts with our retention obligation, which means that we can no longer store sensitive information such as a BSN number in our archive. Removing these BSN numbers sounds simple until you become aware that our archive consists of large volumes of unstructured and uncategorized documents. Thanks to Blurrify, we can scalably meet regulatory obligations in all cases and in conjunction at the same time.

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