Eliëtte Vaal
IT Privacy lawyer / advocaat
+31 (0)6 29 47 71 74


Eliëtte advises national and international clients, from multinational companies to public organisations in complex privacy matters, GDPR compliance projects and acts as an external DPO. She is also an experienced litigator in cases concerning IT, IP and freedom of expression. Her professional focus lies in working in the legal field of technology and data. She provides strategic, risk-based, practical and to-the-point advice.


Before founding The Data Lawyers in May 2020, Eliëtte worked as an IT and privacy lawyer at the international law firm AKD for over 10 years (2009-2019) and her own independent firm (2019-2020). She became interested in the concept of privacy and its effects on society during her studies at the Social Science Department of the University of Nijmegen and has been passionate about privacy law ever since. Eliëtte also holds a Master of Law degree from the University of Amsterdam and finished the post-academic degree at the Grotius Academy (Information Technology Law). She also obtained the CIPP/E credentials from the IAPP.


Eliëtte has a strong international network in IT and data protection law as well as in other legal fields. She is an active member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), currently acting as one of the members of the European Advisory Board.

Public speaker and writer

Eliëtte is a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars. She also gives guest lectures and courses for both private training institutions and clients. She publishes frequently and is a permanent contributor to the Dutch journals on internet law (Tijdschrift voor Internetrecht) and Computer Law (Computerrecht).


Eliëtte is also a member of various Dutch law associations. She has been admitted as a member of the Association of Privacy Lawyers (Vereniging Privacyrecht Advocaten). It is only open to members specialised - demonstrably and extensively - in the field of privacy law. Her other memberships include the Association for Privacy Law (VPR) and the Netherlands Association for Information Technology and Law (NVvIR).

Latest Posts

Eliëtte Vaal will speak at the yearly two-day conference of VNG, the Association of Netherlands Municipalities.

Eliëtte Vaal and Vonne Laan both spoke at the yearly ePrivacy & Marketing Seminar of IIR.

Under the GDPR the Dutch Data Protection Authority has the competence to actively publish fines and guidance including the names of the alleged offender(s). The naming of offenders cam lead to reputational damage. What legal measures are present to avoid publication by the DPA? Read more on this in our blog “Naming and shaming onder de AVG: hoe zit dat eigenlijk?” (in Dutch).

Eliëtte Vaal will provide a half day course at the Berghauser Pont Academy on GDPR & CCTV.

Eliëtte Vaal and Vonne Laan wrote a blog about the changing position of the Dutch Data Protection Authority (DPA) during the COVID-19 outbreak towards measuring temperature of natural persons (Dutch only).

The use of biometric data has increased over the last years. Especially the use of facial recognition systems and fingerprint scanners. Using biometric data goes hand in hand with severe privacy risks, such as the loss of freedom, individuality and anonymity. In practice however, the privacy rules concerning the use of biometric data are ambiguous, resulting in legal uncertainty.

In view of the launch of The Data Lawyers, Eliëtte Vaal and Vonne Laan were requested to partake in an interview by Privacyweb. Why did they make this move? What do they wish to contribute to the privacy sector? What are their biggest annoyances in relation privacy law? Please read the interview for their answers to these and other questions.

Eliëtte Vaal is invited to speak at the first IAPP Data Protection Intensive of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) in the Netherlands.

From April to September 2020, Eliëtte Vaal is contributing to the VNG/IBD webinars / discussions about recent privacy law developments.

Vonne Laan and Eliëtte Vaal wrote an overview article which can be used as easy point of reference in practice. It discusses two concepts under data protection law that have been endlessly debated: that of “controller” and “processor”. How workable are these concepts nowadays? What are the complications in practice and how can they be solved? Read more about this in our article “Back to the basics: Verwerkingsverantwoordelijke of verwerker onder de AVG?”.