It's been a busy couple of days for David Stevens. His last day as data protection officer at market research company Nielsen was April 23. On the 24th, he becomes chairman of the newly formed Belgian Data Protection Authority. The new office, representing a small country of just 11.3 million, presents an opportunity for the DPA to establish itself in the European regulatory scheme. Stevens says Belgium’s size is disproportionate to its importance in the EU. “We are so small, everybody crosses our country, we are a blend of many languages and cultures and the capital of Europe in a way,” he says. In this article for The Privacy Advisor, Stevens talks to IAPP Editor Angelique Carson, CIPP/US, about his new role, his enforcement style, and whether the path from DPO to DPA might be a continuing trend.
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