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 the co-chair for the Dutch Chapter.
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 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 Netherlands Association for Privacy Law (VPR) and the Netherlands Association for Information Technology and Law (NVvIR).
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.
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.
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.
Eliëtte Vaal wrote an article posing the question whether a judgement of the court of Amsterdam of September 2019 opens the door for class actions based on GDPR infringement in the Netherlands.
The Dutch Data Protection Authority has announced its focus areas for 2020 - 2023: (I) digital government, (II) trade in data, and (III) artificial intelligence and algorithms.
Eliëtte Vaal contributed to the non-official translation of the Dutch Implementation Act of the General Data Protection Act.
Eliëtte Vaal wrote a summery of the last report of the Data Protection Authority about data processing by local governments in the Dutch social system here (Dutch only).