The Belgian Data Protection Act comes into force today

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Date:
05 Sep 2018

The European General Data Protection Regulation – better known under the abbreviation “GDPR” – became applicable on 25 May 2018.

Companies should in the meantime have taken the necessary steps to align their processing activities with the GDPR and frame them in the right manner.

The main rules of the GDPR were already discussed in our Newsletter of 4 May 2016. We have also gathered a lot of information about the GDPR on our website www.gdprbelgium.be.

Although the GDPR aims at a harmonisation of the rules concerning data protection within Europe, scope is also left for Member States to determine their own priorities and to lay down specific rules in national legislation, for example in the field of employment law. Of course, this must be done within the bounds of the GDPR.  

Today, the long-awaited Belgian Act on the protection of physical persons with regard to the processing of personal data (“Data Protection Act”) was published in the Belgian State Gazette. This act replaces the previous Data Protection Act of 8 December 1993 and comes into effect today.

Below, you will find a summary of the most important rules that have an effect on almost all companies.

We hope you enjoy the read!

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