Privacy Officers Network

13 November 2007

Brussels, Belgium


Roundtable with the Belgium Data Protection Commissioner

Host: Covington & Burling, Brussels


09.00 Registration

09.30-12.30 Briefing

12.30-13.30 Lunch

13.30-17.00 Roundtable with Belgium’s Data Protection Commissioner and advisors


Speakers: Henriette Tielemans, Partner, and Kristof Van Quathem, Policy Advisor, Covington & Burling, Brussels.

  1. General Overview of DP Law
  2. Concept of Personal Data
  3. Employee Monitoring – Collective Bargaining Agreement 81 & Hotlines
  4. Further Use of Personal Data – Royal Decree of 2001
  5. International Transfers – BCRs and the King
  6. Direct Marketing
  7. Money Laundering vs. Privacy (Erik Luysterborg, Partner, Deloitte, Belgium)
  8. The DPA – Organization and Powers

Optional items depending on interest

  • Privacy vs. Piracy
  • Particularities of the Telecommunications Law – Breach Notification, Call Centers, Data Retention


Speakers: Willem Debeuckelaere, President; Isabelle Vereecken, Legal Advisor; and Dieter Verhaeghe, Legal Advisor, Data Protection Commission, Belgium

1. The role of the Commissioner

  • the Commission
  • the role of Royal Decrees in implementing the data protection law

Willem Debeuckelaere, President

2. Employee monitoring and whistle blowing

Isabelle Vereecken, Legal Advisor

3. International transfers of personal data

  • Procedures for a company to have its Binding Corporate Rules application accepted
  • Experience so far with companies which have asked for Belgium to be the lead country
  • Transfers of personal data to an outsourced data processor in a third country outside the EU

Isabelle Vereecken, Legal Advisor

4. Enforcing the law

  • Inspections
  • Audits
  • Prosecutions
  • Other sanctions

Dieter Verhaeghe, Legal Advisor

5. Questions and answers on other issues

All speakers from the Data Protection Commission, Belgium