Competences and organisation of the Sector Committee of the Federal Authorities

The competences of the Sector Committee of the Federal Authorities have been established by article 36bis of the Act of 8 December 1992 on the protection of privacy in relation to the processing of personal data.

This sector committee grants authorisations for the electronic communication of personal data by a federal public service or by a public body that is a legal person and that is a part of the Federal Authorities. For more information about these authorisations, please consult the specific pages about the procedure for individual authorisations and for adherence to general authorisations (in Dutch and French only).

In principle the committee meets monthly at the Privacy Commission's offices. It has drawn up rules of procedure.

The committee's president is in charge of daily management and chairs meetings. He ensures that the committee's decisions do not contract the Privacy Commission's general positions. Therefore, he can suspend the treatment of case and submit it to the Privacy Commission.

Civil servants of the Privacy Commission provide secretarial support to the committee.

The Federal Public Service for Information and Communication Technologies (Fedict) provides the Sector Committee of the Federal Authorities with legal and technical opinions on any request for an authorisation of the electronic communication of personal data by a federal public service or a public body that is a legal person and that is part of the federal authorities. Fedict is the managing body for this sector committee as laid down by law.

The committee draws up an annual activity report which is included in the Privacy Commission's general annual report.

The Sector Committee of the Federal Authorities is located at the Privacy Commission's offices: Rue de la Presse , 1000 Brussels.

 +32 (0)2 274 48 00

 +32 (0)2 274 48 35

The Privacy Commission's offices are open to the public during office hours, but by appointment only.