The Data Protection Authority (APD) was undoubtedly unknown to the majority of Belgians before the health crisis. But since the start of the pandemic, the body whose primary mission is to protect private data has been omnipresent in the media. In the spotlight, therefore, but also under the fire of critics. Between suspicions of conflicts of interest, political connections and disagreements between members of the leadership, the ODA seems on the verge of implosion.
A complex situation, admits David Stevens, the president of the APD. His outings in the French-speaking press are rare, but he explains, Free, for “to clear things up”. The man also wants to point out the great lessons of the past year, gathered in an annual report published this Friday.