Eliëtte Vaal, CIPP/E


The Data Lawyers

Partner, Lawyer

Eliëtte advises national and international clients, from multinational companies to public organisations in complex privacy matters, GDPR compliance projects and acts as an external DPO. She is also an experienced litigator in cases concerning IT, IP and freedom of expression. Her professional focus lies in working in the legal field of technology and data. She provides strategic, risk-based, practical and to-the-point advice.


Before founding The Data Lawyers in May 2020, Eliëtte worked as an IT and privacy lawyer at the international law firm AKD for over 10 years (2009-2019) and her own independent firm (2019-2020). She became interested in the concept of privacy and its effects on society during her studies at the Social Science Department of the University of Nijmegen and has been passionate about privacy law ever since. Eliëtte also holds a Master of Law degree from the University of Amsterdam and finished the post-academic degree at the Grotius Academy (Information Technology Law). She also obtained the CIPP/E credentials from the IAPP.

Public speaker and writer

Eliëtte is a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars. She also gives guest lectures and courses for both private training institutions and clients. She publishes frequently and is a permanent contributor to the Dutch journals on internet law (Tijdschrift voor Internetrecht) and Computer Law (Computerrecht).


Contributions by Eliëtte Vaal

  • Van datalek tot boetebesluit: Achtergronden en praktische tips
    Speaker at IAPP Data Protection Intensive: Nederland 2023
  • Panelsessie over de rol en positie van de FG
    Speaker at Virtual Netherlands KnowledgeNet: 6 December 2022
  • International Data Transfers Master Class
    Speaker at IAPP Data Protection Intensive: Nederland 2022
  • How To Deal with the One-Stop-Shop
    Moderator at IAPP Europe Data Protection Congress 2021
  • Role and Responsibilities of the DPO at Local Municipalities
    Speaker at Virtual Netherlands KnowledgeNet: 24 June 2021
  • Member of European Advisory Board 2021 - 2024