APD/GBA (Belgium) - 13/2019

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APD/GBA - 13/2019
Authority: APD/GBA (Belgium)
Jurisdiction: Belgium
Relevant Law: Article 12 GDPR
Article 15 GDPR
Article 17 GDPR
Type: Complaint
Outcome: Upheld
Decided: 17. 12. 2019
Fine: 2000 EUR
Parties: Anonymous
National Case Number/Name: 13/2019
European Case Law Identifier: n/a
Appeal: n/a
Original Language(s): French
Original Source: Published by the DPA (in FR)
Initial Contributor: n/a

The Belgian DPA (APD/GBA) reaffirms the importance of the data subjects’ rights, especially when the data processing involves special categories of personal data as understood by Article 9 GDPR.

English Summary


The plaintiff had used the defendant’s services, a nonprofit organization, for medical care. Afterwards, she received a communication from that same organization, informing her of the enrolment of its managing director on a regional electoral list. Upon receiving the communication, the plaintiff decided to exercise her rights as data subject, in order to obtain more detailed information on the data processing and gain access to the personal data being processed about her. (Art. 12, 15 GDPR). Getting no response from the data controller within the legal deadline (1 month), she also exercised her right to erasure (Art. 17 GDPR) arguing that the data processing could not have been lawful. Obtaining no response whatsoever from the defendant, she finally lodged a complaint with the data protection authority in accordance with Art. 77 GDPR.


The data protection authority ruled in favour of the plaintiff and summoned the data controller to comply with Art. 12, 15 and 17 GDPR by answering the data subject’s requests. Furthermore, the DPA reminds that an infringement to Art. 12, 15 and 17 GDPR are to be considered particularly grave with regard to the nature of the data processing involving special categories of personal data.


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