Structure of the DPA

Executive Committee

  • approves the annual accounts and decides on the annual budget, the annual report, the strategic plan and the management plan, including the annual priorities of the Data Protection Authority;
  • determines the evaluation indicators concerning the implementation of the annual report, the strategic plan and the management plan;
  • decides on the organisation and composition of the Data Protection Authority, including the internal mobility of the staff between the bodies;
  • decides on the identity document model (inspections)

Chairman: David Stevens

General Affairs

  • manages questions relating to human resources, the budget and the IT of the DPA;
  • manages any legal matter relating to the management and operation of the DPA;
  • manages internal and external communication.
  • monitors the social, economic and technological developments that have an impact on the protection of personal data;
  • gives advice as part of the consultation by the controller responsible for the processing conducted by the DPA;
  • approves codes of conduct;
  • promotes the introduction of certification mechanisms and approve certification criteria;
  • draws up and publish the criteria for the accreditation of a body for the supervision of codes of conduct on the basis of Article 41 of Regulation 2016/679 and of a certification body on the basis of Article 43 of Regulation 2016/679;
  • ensures the accreditation of a body for the supervision of codes of conduct on the basis of Article 41 of Regulation 2016/679;
  • approves the standard contractual clauses and the binding corporate rules.

Director: David Stevens

Litigation Chamber

The litigation is the administrative disputes body of the Data Protection Authority.

In performing its duties, the dispute chamber shall be assisted by a secretariat, which will also ensure the Registry’s duties.

Chairman: Hielke Hijmans

 

Knowledge Centre

The knowledge centre shall issue, either on its own initiatieve or upon request:

  • opinions concerning any matter relating to the processing of personal data;
  • recommendations relating to social, economical and technological developments that can impact on the processing of personal data.

Director: Alexandra Jaspar

Front Office

  • receives the complaints and submissions sent to the DPA;
  • can initiate a mediation procedure;
  • promotes data protection among the public, with a specific focus on minors;
  • promotes awareness among controllers and processors with regard to their obligations;
  • provides the data subject with information regarding the exercising of their rights.

Director: Charlotte Dereppe

Inspection service

The inspection service is the investigating body of the Data Protection Authority.

The inspection service shall be assisted by a secretariat in the performance of its duties.

Inspector-general: Peter Van den Eynde