The topics we deal with every day

In general: the processing of personal data

We are not always aware of our personal data being processed, but these processing operations play an important part in our everyday lives: in public administration as well as in healthcare, social security, telecommunication, financial services and direct marketing.
But what are personal data exactly? And which types of processing operations exist? By whom and why? More information can be found in this section.

What are personal data? What is data processing? Who is the controller? The purpose of a data processing operation

Extensive document on "Protection of personal data in Belgium"

Theme Sections

The Privacy Commission regularly receives questions on specific contexts or themes. These are looked into in our theme sections, containing a wealth of concrete information.

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Data quality

Apart from the rights and duties provided for by the Privacy Act, it is also omportant that the personal data themselves meet certain conditions.

More on the quality of personal data

The different rights

For the processing of personal data the Privacy Act provides for different rights, such as a right to access your data and have them rectified, as well as the right to object to the processing of your data.

More about these rights

Cross-border transfers of personal data

In an age of globalisation data are transferred abroad ever more often, especially within multinationals. There are a few restrictions, however.

More on cross-border transfers

Public register

All data processing operations notified to the Privacy Commission, have been included in the public register.

More on the public register

Notification

Before controllers start a data processing operation, they have to notify it to the Privacy Commission.

More on notifications