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Just about anything can be bought on credit nowadays. Whereas in the past, loans were only taken out to buy a house or a car, they can now also be requested to go on holiday, put up new wallpaper in your house, get through the first month of the school year, ... The consequences are sometimes most unpleasant. We all know people who can no longer pay their loans, or maybe you are in a precarious situation yourself. And one day you receive a letter making it blatantly clear that you have been registered on the "negative/black list"! What is to be done at this stage?

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The internet

The internet is all around us. Is there anyone left who can imagine a life without a computer and a computer without the internet? Several internet applications also have privacy implications.

Below the Authority wishes to highlight a few topics.

Mobile mapping Social networks

The right of personal portrayal

In our internet and smartphone era images are everywhere. The question is, however, whether you may take an individual's picture unconditionally.

More on the right of personal portrayal

Direct marketing

Do you regularly receive direct marketing messages with your name on it in your letter box or your e-mail inbox? Do you also wonder whether this is allowed and how your data were obtained?

As a company representative, would you like to send direct marketing messages to specific individuals, but are you unaware of what is allowed and what is not?

In both cases it is best to continue reading.

More on direct marketing


Since 1992 political parties and elected/candidate politicians in Belgium have to take the Privacy Act into account when processing personal data.
Candidates' obligations Citizens' rights


What was science fiction yesterday, is most common today. A computer can now identify individuals based on their physical characteristics: lines on their skin, the outline of their hand, their voice, the shape of their eyes, ...

More on biometrics


The chip on the Belgian eID card is read ever more often. How does this impact the protection of the personal data on the chip?

More on the use of the eID card


You are a researcher and would like to know how to handle personal data correctly. The general rules of the Privacy Act apply to research conducted with personal data.

What is allowed and what is not?

Access to the population register

The population register contains all official data about a municipality's inhabitants, such as their address, place and date of burth, marital status and children, if any. To avoid abuse, there are specific rules for access to information in the population register.

More on access to the population register