Privacy and data protection perspectives: SCHREMS II and the DPO (N-sight)

Location:virtual meeting


Privacy and data protection have been high on the agenda for the past few years, but this year saw the momentous Schrems II decision.  Let’s explore the perspectives, first deep-diving into the international aspects of data transfers. At the same time, several decisions by Belgium’s Data Protection Authority have put the spotlight on the role of the DPO. So in the second part of this session, we will explore this topic from a DPO's perspective. Then, we’ll have a Q&A to present your questions to our speakers. Finally, we’ll hear about the latest activities and findings of the Beltug Privacy Council, specifically on the GDPR Audit Framework.






This event will be held as an interactive virtual meeting. The link will be provided in the Confirmation email.






13:30 Welcome and introduction


Christophe Geuens, Business Manager, Beltug (English)


13:40 International aspects of data transfers


While data flows are not limited by physical borders in today’s globalised world, ‘legal’ boundaries do in fact limit the free flow of data from the EU to external countries. What are the data transfer restrictions under the GDPR, and what will be the impact of the recent decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union in the Schrems II case? Are international data transfers even still possible, and under what conditions?


Heidi Waem, Counsel and Head of Data Protection Practice, DLA Piper UK LLP, Belgium (English)


14:10 The role of the DPO


Since the introduction of the GDPR in May 2018, many companies should appoint a Data Protection Officer (DPO). We’ll take a look at the surrounding issues: when must a DPO be appointed, the tasks and role of a DPO, the needed competences, and the position in the organisation. Peter will give his perspective based on his experience as DPO for a number of Engie companies in Belgium.


Peter Van Rompaey, Data Privacy Manager, Data Protection Officer, Benelux Business Unit of Engie (English)


14:40 Q&A: Your questions, your experience 


15:10 Beltug Privacy Council progress report: the GDPR Audit Framework


Work is ongoing within the Beltug Privacy Council to draft a framework for auditing GDPR.


Christophe Geuens, Business Manager, Beltug (English)


15:30 Wrap up & end


We will keep the session open after the end to enable those who wish to continue the discussions.