Privacy and data protection are vitally important in today’s (digital) society. Companies and public authorities gather, store and share personal data with one another on an enormous scale. The legislation that governs this processing is complex. Not only the Dutch Personal Data Protection Act or specific sectoral legislation, but also a number of European regulations and directives must be taken into account.
Privacy law is continually developing. New technologies, such as Big Data, Cloud computing and Blockchain, have led to new privacy issues. Our privacy team keeps a close eye on digitalisation and developments in technology. We advise public authorities and companies on how they can safeguard the privacy of citizens or clients when implementing these new technologies.
We also regularly conduct Privacy Impact Assessments (PIAs). In a PIA, our privacy specialists identify the legal issues and risks involved in the intended processing, and propose appropriate solutions in consultation with the client. This makes it possible to identify privacy infringements at an early stage and prevent them. The GDPR means that a PIA is mandatory in certain cases, for example in the event of large-scale processing of medical records or profiling.
Pels Rijcken’s privacy team specialises in advising and litigating in the area of privacy and data protection. But their work is not limited to the GDPR: our privacy attorneys have extensive experience in issues related to the processing of medical records, tax records, and police and judicial records. You can call on us not only for advice, but also for legal representation. Our privacy attorneys regularly represent organisations in disputes about privacy or data protection. Examples include disputes about applications for inspection, the (unlawful) provision of data or processor agreements.