Privacy - the state of play in Belgium, Europe and beyond. (N-sight)

Location:virtual meeting


Organisations are highly motivated to comply with existing privacy laws and protect the data of their personnel and/or clients; however, they find several aspects of that legislation challenging. We see this clearly demonstrated in the continuous stream of questions and concerns exchanged within our association. Some of the issues include what happens to your data when it crosses European borders, and how should you proceed when the Belgian DPA's Inspection Service knocks at your door? Furthermore, are there any real 'advantages' to privacy for the user side, or does it just inhibit innovation?


In this session, we’ll start with the legal viewpoint on DPA inspections: what to expect and what are your rights. Then, we’ll dive into the particularities of international data transfers. Finally, we’ll hear how privacy by design can boost the availability of data-driven solutions.







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








13:30 Welcome and introduction


Ann Guinée, Communication Manager, Beltug (English)


13:40 Inspections by the DPA: what to expect?


Increasingly, data controllers and processors are coming face to face with the Belgian Data Protection Authority’s Inspection Service, which has broad powers. In this presentation, you’ll have a look at a few key elements of inspections:


  • How is an inspection triggered?
  • Who can be the subject of an inspection?
  • How does an inspection typically go?
  • What are the key features of an inspection?
  • What are the powers of the Inspection Service?
  • What are your rights as controller or processor?
  • Practical tips and tricks

Bastiaan Bruyndonckx, Advocaat-Vennoot, LYDIAN (English)


14:10 State of play regarding international data transfers


The landmark July 2021 Schrems II decision from the Court of Justice of the European Union has shaken up the data transfer space. Since then, we have seen a number of important developments in this area. These include the EDPB recommendations on supplementary measures, the new standard contractual clauses issued by the European Commission, and the first enforcement cases. During this session, you will find out about these developments, and whether and how personal data can still be transferred outside of the EU.


Heidi Waem, Counsel and Head of data protection and privacy practice, DLA Piper Belgium (English)


14:40 ‘Privacy’ is more than an activist nuisance


From detecting distracted drivers, through the development of new healthcare treatments, to combatting crime: the combination of deep learning and big data has made it possible to engineer novel solutions for everyday problems. Yet all too often, privacy activists sound like spoilsports who kill advantageous ideas for the greater good. Find out how Stijn defines novel solutions for guaranteeing privacy while enabling all the benefits of emerging technologies. You’ll discover how privacy by design can boost the availability of data-driven solutions instead of killing them.


Stijn Derammelaere, Professor Mechatronics, University of Antwerp (English)


15:10 Q&A: Your questions, your experience


15:30 Wrap up & End


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