Privacy law

With the arrival of the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), privacy matters have become even more important. All companies that are established in the Netherlands or do business here, or at least process personal data of EU citizens, must comply with all requirements of the GDPR. This raises many questions. Not only citizens have become more aware of their rights, but the Dutch Data Protection Authority (Autoriteit Persoonsgegevens (DPA)), which supervises compliance with the laws and regulations in the area of personal data within the Netherlands, is also becoming increasingly active. The DPA has been granted with more powers and can impose heavy fines if a company acts in contravention of the GDPR. Therefore, it is important that every company meets the obligations under the GDPR (also called ‘GDPR-compliance’). Our IT & Privacy team will be happy to guide you through the complex regulations in this area, when possible always with a focus on what is possible under the current legislation.

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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

It is very important for your organisation to ensure that you comply with the obligations under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Among other things, this law stipulates that you must take 'appropriate technical and organisational measures' and that you must not retain personal data 'longer than necessary'. However, it is not always clear what these obligations mean for your organisation in concrete terms. For example, is it sufficient that your cloud provider is ISO 27001:2005 certified? And what is the retention period for your customer data? To what extent are you entitled to share data within your organization or with third parties? And what about privacy on the work floor?

Legal support

The IT & Privacy team of Ploum will be pleased to provide you with concrete and appropriate advice. Our team has a great deal of experience with privacy matters and naturally keeps a close eye on all relevant developments. At the Dutch level, for example the cookie legislation and the obligation to report data breaches, and at the European level - such as the announced e-privacy regulation. We also have extensive experience in deploying and coordinating projects across different jurisdictions within Europe. This enables us, for example, to advise you on how to be 'compliant' with your webshop throughout Europe. Where necessary, we liaise with our colleagues in the Employment Law department, for example if you want to introduce a digital personnel tracking system in your organisation.

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If you have any questions about privacy or the processing of personal data, please do not hesitate to contact one of our privacy lawyers or send an e-mail to:

The multidisciplinary privacy team at Ploum is regularly instructed by clients on data matters relating to software, technology innovations, e-commerce work, marketing issues and e-health mandates. - Legal 500 EMEA 2021

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