On September 5, 2018, the Law of 30 July 2018 on the Protection of Natural Persons with regard to the Processing of Personal Data (the “Law”) was published in the Belgian Official Gazette.

This is the second step in adapting the Belgian legal framework to the EU GDPR after the Law of 3 December 2017 Creating the Data Protection Authority, which reformed the Belgian Data Protection Authority.

The Law is available in French and Dutch.

The Belgian Privacy Commission (the “Belgian DPA”) recently released a Recommendation (in French and Dutch) on Data Protection Impact Assessment (“DPIA”) and the prior consultation requirements under Articles 35 and 36 of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) (the “Recommendation”). The Recommendation aims to provide guidance on the core elements and requirements of a DPIA, the different actors involved and specific provisions. Continue Reading Belgian Privacy Commission Issues Recommendation on Data Protection Impact Assessment

The Centre for Information Policy Leadership (“CIPL”) at Hunton & Williams LLP is pleased to announce that Nathalie Laneret will be joining CIPL as Director of Privacy Policy in May. She brings more than 20 years of experience in data protection policy both in-house and in private practice. She is admitted to the New York and Paris bars and has experience in both France and in the U.S. on data protection, IT and security matters, contracts, competition law, compliance issues and litigation. Continue Reading CIPL Welcomes Nathalie Laneret as New Director of Privacy Policy

On January 10, 2018, the Law of 3 December 2017 creating the Data Protection Authority (the “Law”) was published in the Belgian Official Gazette (available in French and Dutch). The Law was submitted in the Chamber of Representatives on August 23, 2017, and was approved by the Parliament in plenary meeting on November 16, 2017. Continue Reading Belgium Adopts Law Reforming the Belgian Privacy Commission

Recently, the fourth edition of the book, The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Data Protection 2017, was published by the Global Legal Group. Hunton & Williams’ Global Privacy and Cybersecurity lawyers prepared several chapters in the guide, including the opening chapter on “All Change for Data Protection: The European Data Protection Regulation,” co-authored by London partner Bridget Treacy and associate Anita Bapat. Several other global privacy and cybersecurity team members also prepared chapters in the guide, including David Dumont (Belgium), Claire François (France), Judy Li (China), Manuel E. Maisog (China), Wim Nauwelaerts (Belgium), Anna Pateraki (Germany), Aaron P. Simpson (United States), Adam Smith (United Kingdom) and Jenna Rode (United States). Continue Reading Hunton Privacy Team Publishes Several Chapters in International Comparative Legal Guide to Data Protection

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The Belgian Privacy Commission (the “Belgian DPA”) recently released a Recommendation (in French and Dutch) regarding the requirement to maintain internal records of data processing activities (the “Recommendation”) pursuant to Article 30 of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”).

The Recommendation aims to provide guidance to data controllers and data processors in establishing and maintaining internal records by May 25, 2018. As of that date, the internal records requirement must be complied with, and the Belgian DPA must be able to request that such records are made available to it.

Continue Reading Belgian Privacy Commission Issues Recommendation on Internal Records Under the GDPR

The Privacy team at Hunton & Williams has authored several chapters of the recently published 2017 guide to data protection and privacy for Getting the Deal Through. The publication covers data privacy and data protection laws in 26 jurisdictions across the globe. Wim Nauwelaerts, Privacy team partner in the firm’s Brussels office, served as the contributing editor of the guide and co-authored the Belgium chapter and the EU overview. Continue Reading Hunton Privacy Team Publishes Several Chapters in “Getting the Deal Through”