Dutch DPA Issues Guidelines on Privacy Policies Following Investigation

On April 17, 2019, the Dutch Data Protection Authority, the Autoriteit Persoonsgegevens (the “Dutch DPA”) issued six recommendations (in Dutch) for companies, to be taken into account when drafting privacy policies. The published recommendations follow the Dutch DPA’s investigation of companies’ privacy policies. The investigation focused on companies that process sensitive personal data, including health data and data related to individuals’ political beliefs. Alongside the recommendations, the Dutch DPA released a report (in Dutch) summarizing the investigation’s results. The Dutch DPA’s Investigation As part of its investigation, the Dutch DPA reviewed the privacy policies of blood banks, IVF clinics and local political parties. The investigation focused on three mandatory components of a privacy policy: (1) a description of the types of personal data processed, (2) a description of the purposes of the processing and (3) information…

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