Frequently Asked Questions - Further processing

No notification is required since the Privacy Act does not apply when anonymous data are used.

There are three possible cases:

  • personal data are originally collected for historical, statistical or scientific purposes.
    There is no further processing and the implementing royal decree is not applicable. The regular notification procedure has to be followed;
  • personal data are originally collected for a purpose that is not of a historical, statistical or scientific nature, but they are re-used later for historical, statistical or scientific purposes that are compatible with the original purpose.
    There is a further processing, but it is compatible, so that the implementing royal decree is not applicable. In this case you also have to submit a regular notification;
  • personal data are originally collected for purposes that are not of a historical, statistical or scientific nature, but they are r-used later for historical, statistical or scientific purposes that are not compatible with the original purposes.
    This is an incompatible further processing, making the royal decree applicable. A specific type of notification will have to be submitted, depending on the way in which the processing is organised.

Remark: a compatible purpose is a purpose that the data subject can expect, or that is considered compatible according to a legal provision.  This is not an exhaustive list of all possible cases, however. There are other relevant factors to assess the compatibility of a purpose.