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February 4 2016

Employee privacy and data protection in Benelux

Many activities routinely performed by employers in the employment context entail the processing of personal data of employees. This is for example the case when processing payroll or employee records, but also when monitoring workers' email or Internet access.

Generally, such processing will fall within the scope of the data protection legislation, which means that employers have to comply with strict rules and regulations. This brochure provides an overview of the most important data protection rules that apply in Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands with a focus on HR issues and employee privacy in relation to transactions.

Although the legislation in all three countries is an implementation of EU Directive 95|46, there are differences in the concrete translation of the directive and the application by the data protection authority in each country.