On January 12, 2023, the Belgian Constitutional Court decided that a provision of the Belgian data protection law is unconstitutional. 

The relevant provision prevented parties from challenging a decision of the Belgian Supervisory Authority if they were not a party to the proceedings before the Belgian Supervisory Authority that led to the decision.

The Constitutional Court decided that because this provision was invalid, all decisions rendered by the Belgian Supervisory Authority since the entry into force of the law are henceforth open for an appeal by third parties to the Market Court, the designated court for such challenges, within one month of the date of publication of the Constitutional Court’s decision in the Official Gazette.  Future decisions of the Supervisory Authority will also be open for such an appeal within one month of the parties being reasonably aware of the decision. The data protection law will now have to be revised to address this point – yet another topic of concern for the Belgian Government, which is already revising the law because of concerns of impartiality raised by the European Commission.

Photo of Kristof Van Quathem Kristof Van Quathem

Kristof Van Quathem advises clients on information technology matters and policy, with a focus on data protection, cybercrime and various EU data-related initiatives, such as the Data Act, the AI Act and EHDS.

Kristof has been specializing in this area for over twenty…

Kristof Van Quathem advises clients on information technology matters and policy, with a focus on data protection, cybercrime and various EU data-related initiatives, such as the Data Act, the AI Act and EHDS.

Kristof has been specializing in this area for over twenty years and developed particular experience in the life science and information technology sectors. He counsels clients on government affairs strategies concerning EU lawmaking and their compliance with applicable regulatory frameworks, and has represented clients in non-contentious and contentious matters before data protection authorities, national courts and the Court of the Justice of the EU.

Kristof is admitted to practice in Belgium.