Important notice about SecAppDev 2020

Due to the current situation with COVID-19 (Corona), with deep regret, we feel bound to postpone SecAppDev 2020 indefinitely. While there have been no official instructions to postpone events such as ours or reduce travel, both attendees and speakers have informed us that they are unable to attend SecAppDev.

We hope everyone in SecAppDev stays healthy, and wish everyone the best for the coming months.

SecAppDev 2020 Lecture Details

GDPR and research, how to comply?

Griet Verhenneman
Friday March 13, 09:00 - 10:30
Short description

In a risk-based approach, health-related data should get your attention.


The processing of health-related data is strictly regulated, yet in no other context the privacy-paradox is as sharp. On a daily basis society is balancing the need to process health-related data and data subjects’ wish to be in control. Based on a proposal for the implementation of GDPR in the context of (academic) scientific research, as developed by a multidisciplinary team at the University Hospitals Leuven, this session balances the do’s and don’ts of processing health-related data for different purposes.

Key takeaway

Transparency and pseudonymisation are of uttermost importance when (re)using personal health-related data.

Content level


Target audience

Anyone looking for a privacy-friendly approach to processing sensitive data.


A basic knowledge of GDPR will help you, but is not required.

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Griet Verhenneman

Griet Verhenneman

DPO, UZ Leuven

Griet Verhenneman is the Data Protection Officer at UZ Leuven, where she is responsible for advising care, research and HR departments on data protection. Before joining UZ Leuven as DPO, Griet was working at KU Leuven - CiTiP. As a legal researcher she participated in interdisciplinary research projects covering a broad spectrum of eHealth-related topics. Data protection and privacy have been the common thread in her career.

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