Six questions on Data and Privacy to… Unilever

By Simone Pelkmans and Iris Tasevski   We spoke with Simone Pelkmans - General Counsel of Unilever Benelux, and Iris Tasevski – Unilever’s Data Protection Advisor.   Question 1) Unilever is a global corporation in fast moving consumer goods, can you describe to me how a company like Unilever interacts with personal data and privacy? As a fast moving consumer goods company, Unilever group companies collect and use personal data to enable them to provide goods and services to consumers, customers and other stakeholders and collaborate with third parties. Furthermore, Unilever holds personal data of thousands of employees. Although Unilever does not (yet) interact with consumers on a large scale, we do interact with them, mainly for marketing purposes.     At Unilever, we respect the privacy of all individuals (consumers, employees, customers, suppliers). As such, our aim is to collect, use and protect personal data not only in accordance with applicable laws but in line with our own...

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Privacy management at Royal Schiphol Group: Mind your step!

By Robyn Post and Danaï Giannouli   A different perspective When thinking of Royal Schiphol Group (hereafter: Schiphol), this image of an impressive innovative international hub comes to mind where (up to the moment the Covid pandemic started) millions of passengers start, continue or end their journey. A company with the mission “connecting your world” and therefore a strong focus on establishing a secure, safe, efficient, sustainable, high quality and enjoyable environment for travellers and employees. Safety and security are subjects that are integrally part of the Schiphol DNA, not only from an operational perspective – but also from a privacy and data protection perspective.    A common misunderstanding is that Schiphol has the same insights about a passenger departing from, transferring via or arriving at the airport. However, Schiphol does not collect the same personal data about a passenger as for example the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee, Dutch Customs, airlines and the operators of retail units...

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The draft ePrivacy Regulation: will it still be future proof?

by Herwin Roerdink The intentions were admirable: a new ePrivacy Regulation that would apply on the same day as the newly introduced General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). When the European Commission published its first proposal in January 2017, this still seemed to be the idea. But this turned out to be completely different. There was great division in the European Parliament, the negotiations in the Council were stuck. The Council did publish a compromised version late September for discussion, but so far, there is no final text yet. The bottlenecks are mainly in the area of cookies (Article 8 of the proposal) and direct marketing (Article 16 of the proposal). A final proposal is still a long way off. With a possible transition period of 1 to 2 years, the new ePrivacy Regulation will probably come into force in 2023 or 2024 at the earliest. This is unfortunate on several points,...

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