Privacy & government

In the performance of their statutory duties, governments and public-law organisations exchange a great deal of personal data on citizens. Examples are personal data exchanged within the social domain or when issuing permits, and the publication of council decisions on the website.

In addition to the general privacy regulations, the Government also imposes specific rules on how treat and protect personal data.

Implementation of privacy regulations

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has come into force on 25 May 2018. Governments and public organisations will have to comply with the GDPR. This means, inter alia, that a municipality must be able to demonstrate by documentary evidence that it complies with the privacy regulations.

Violation of these regulations can lead to substantial fines, but above all to serious reputational damage. That is why it is also important from a political point of view to comply with the privacy regulations in a timely manner. For example, policy rules and working methods will have to be drawn up about who is allowed to access which personal data and with which chain partners the data may be shared within the applicable legal frameworks. Furthermore, government bodies will have to inform citizens about how their personal data is being handled.


Hekkelman specialists help various municipalities with privacy issues. We provide (in house) tailor-made workshops, assist municipalities in drawing up the mandatory Register of Processing Activities and assessing and drawing up data processing agreements and other agreements on the exchange of personal data. We also carry out projects in which we work closely with a municipality to implement various parts of the privacy regulations.

Do you need to answer questions posed by the Data Protection Authority? If yes, we can help you answer them. Please contact us without obligation to find out what we can do for you.

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