Exercising access rights in Belgium

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This chapter outlines the experiences of attempting to exercise one’s right of access in Belgium. Using rich ethnographic examples, this chapter tests how easy or difficult it is for a data subject based in Belgium to obtain their personal data, firstly by locating the required information about organisations and their data controllers and secondly by submitting subject access requests to these organisa- tions. The chapter reflects on the differences (if any) between public and private sector organisations in the process of responding to access requests as well as the role of the national Data Protection Authority in Belgium
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe unaccountable state of surveillance
Subtitle of host publicationExercising access rights in Europe
EditorsClive Norris, Paul De Hert, Xavier L'Hoiry, Antonella Galetta
Number of pages32
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-47573-8
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-47571-4
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Publication series

NameLaw, Governance and Technology Series
ISSN (Print)2352-1902
ISSN (Electronic)2352-1910


  • Data protection; right of access; Belgium


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