Privacy issues: Beltug works on GDPR and meets with Secretary of State Philippe De Backer
Beltug continues to lobby on behalf of our members on Privacy issues around the GDPR, which comes into force in May 2018.
About 20 CIOs from the Beltug Cabinet - our sounding board for lobbying activities - met Secretary of State Philippe De Backer to discuss our initiatives and to hear his plans to reform the Privacy Commission and his thoughts on how public institutions can prepare for the GDPR. We were very pleased by Mr. De Backer's openness and appreciated the time he committed to having a serious discussion. We also discussed access to the National Number, on which Beltug is preparing a Position. Mr. De Backer shared his thoughts on Beltug's added value (Dutch only).
Beltug also had the opportunity to present our GDPR initiatives to Mr. De Backer’s Privacy Platform, where associations like VBP/FEB, Agoria, Febelfin, Assuralia, Testaankoop/Test-achat, Unizo, BDMA, etc. and the Privacy Commission can discuss the preparation for the GDPR. To enable as many companies as possible to benefit from our efforts, we are offering other associations the possibility to use our tools, and to discuss with us how they can share our information with their members.
In the meantime, the Council of Ministers has approved a draft bill for reforming the Belgian privacy protection commission, which is key to complying with the GDPR. The reformed authority will monitor and accompany companies, as well as impose sanctions if necessary, to ensure that data cannot be used without the knowledge of the individual. You can read the Press Release by the Government in Frenchand Dutch.