The Privacy team of Pels Rijcken

Privacy and the protection of personal data is a theme that is currently in the spotlight. And rightly so. The increasing digitalisation not only brings convenience but also carries risks. Examples include data leaks and ransomware which are currently reported extensively in the media. The necessity to protect personal data is becoming ever greater and the national and European legislature are giving this their full attention. Thus a duty to report data leaks has recently been introduced. In the meantime, it has also been established by means of the new General Data Protection Regulation, which is the defining new legislative framework for privacy, that this will apply throughout the entire EU in two years time.

This is the moment for organisations to bring their business practices in line with the new regulation. Everyone who has read this regulation will agree: organisations that want to be fully compliant or are obliged to be so are going to have a lot to deal with. Thus government institutions and various other kinds of organisations will have to appoint a privacy officer (or data protection officer). This officer will need a privacy policy to be able to effectively get to work in practice. 

But that is not all. What steps must an organisation take to create a privacy policy that secures the key values of due care, knowability and transparency, and at the same time safeguards the accessibility and confidentiality of personal data? Who has access to which personal data? Who needs to be informed and trained within the organisation? What protocols need to be developed?

With a team of experts in administrative law, IT and employment law, Pels Rijcken has been able to identify all the changes and requirements of the regulation for public authorities and companies. We know what actions will be necessitated by the legal and regulatory framework. Our Privacy team will assist you for example in creating a comprehensive and well-supported policy, developing the corresponding protocols and drawing up contracts including data processing agreements. We would like to discuss the privacy aspects within your organisation and explain the new privacy requirements in a way that is clear and manageable. This will provide you with all the information you need to deal with the changes without the risk of nasty surprises later on.

Would you like to know more or discuss this further? Please contact Sikke Kingma or Marte van Graafeiland.



  • Sikke KingmaAttorney-at-law, partner
  • Marte van GraafeilandSenior attorney-at-law