The camera’s lens: the legal framework and raising awareness about personal data protection (N-sight)

Location:virtual meeting


Cameras can do much more than just capture video. They have proven useful in monitoring traffic or providing data to make our cities smarter and safer. But privacy is just as important. It isn’t always clear which legislation applies to which use of cameras: different regulations are in force for different situations. Furthermore, there are other bodies that regulate the use of cameras.


We need to know: which criteria determine which regulations apply? Is there a difference between public and private sectors? Does the reason for collecting the data matter? And how do you raise awareness on the need to balance the technical possibilities with the protection of personal data?


In this N-sight, we’ll first find out about the legal considerations for video surveillance from Allen and Overy and FIT4PRIVACY. Next, we’ll hear the real-life user story of how Infrabel/TUC RAIL is raising awareness about surveillance and privacy.








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








13:30 Welcome and introduction


Levi Nietvelt, Business Manager, Beltug (English)


13:40 The legal framework for video surveillance and privacy


Video surveillance is increasingly prevalent. But before installing your surveillance equipment, you have to consider the GDPR and other laws. This presentation will list for you the various factors to consider, provide an overview of the different privacy laws, and describe the practical challenges.


Peter Van Dyck, Partner, Allen and Overy, and Punit Bhatia, Privacy Lead, FIT4PRIVACY (English)


14:20 User story: Infrabel's awareness-raising process for camera surveillance and protection of personal data


Infrabel is the manager of the Belgian rail infrastructure, which includes ensuring a safe and efficient railway network. In order to guarantee and increase safety, punctuality and capacity, Infrabel operates cameras and drones at a large number of sites. While they are mainly utilised for technical and operational purposes, the images can also be used for analysis and study, and to raise awareness. However, the principles of processing personal data must always be taken into account. In this user story, you will learn about how Infrabel has embarked on an awareness-raising process.


Katia Bodard, DPO, Infrabel and TUC RAIL (Dutch)


14:50 Q&A: Your questions, your experience


15:10 Wrap up & End


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