Willem Debeuckelaere

President of the Belgian Data Protection Authority & Deputy Chair of the European Data Protection Board

Empowering the citizen or explicit state law enforcement?


Willem Debeuckelaere is law graduate of the University of Ghent, Belgium. He worked as a lawyer from 1977 till 1995. He was President of the “Human Rights League” from 1982 to 1989. He published on legal aid, constitutional and administrative law, privacy and data protection. He was head of the cabinet of the Belgian Minister of the Interior from 1995 till 1998. He was first nominated judge of the tribunal of first instance and subsequently, in 2002, counsellor of the Ghent Court of Appeal. He was Vice-President of the “Belgian Commission for the Protection of Privacy” from 2004 till March 2007. He has been President of this Commission since April 2007 till May 2018. He is also President of the “Vlaamse Toezichtcommissie” since 2010 and Vice-President of the “Art. 29 Working Party” since 2016.

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For who? Legal experts, politicians, activists Technology develops so fast, that GDPR may already be outdated. Willem Debeuckelaere and Elizabeth Renieris explain what kind of regulation we need for the era of decentralised blockchain technologies and personal data ecosystems. We know about the content of EU General Data Protection Regulation, and other personal data related […]

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