Professional Profile and Bio
I specialise in the field of data protection, cybersecurity and technology law. I am ideally located at the heart of Europe to monitor the legal developments in this fast-growing area of the law and to interact with representatives of the EU institutions and bodies. I advise organisations of all sizes and across business sectors on all aspects of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), such as privacy policies, DPIAs, transfer impact assessments, and contracts An important area of my work consists in advising multinational organisations on what data transfer mechanisms to put in place when transferring personal data outside the EU (such as binding corporate rules, EU standard contractual clauses and EU-US Trans-Atlantic Data Transfer Framework).
I also advise organisations on how to handle crisis situations, such as data security breaches, data subject requests and DPA inspections. I act as an external Data Protection Officer for many organisations who choose to outsource their DPO function, and otherwise, I advise DPOs directly on their privacy compliance strategies
My scope of expertise also covers other areas of data and technology law, such as online e-privacy (i.e. direct marketing, cookies, etc.) , employee privacy rights (employee monitoring, whistleblowing, e-discovery), as well as the legislation on online platforms (Digital Services Act), artificial intelligence (AI Act) and data sharing (Data Act, Data Governance Act).
I am a member of the IAPP (International Association of Privacy Professionals), OneTrust PrivacyConnect and I also sit on MedTech Europe's Data Protection Committee as a privacy expert.
I am a member of the Paris and Brussels bars (E list for European lawyers).
I am fluent in French and English and I have a basic understanding of Spanish.
*SRL Olivier Proust 0834.390.436
What others say…
Olivier Proust impresses clients for being very available, personable and incredibly informed in data protection and privacy - a real expert.
Olivier Proust is 'dedicated and committed'. ‘Olivier Proust is a recognised expert in his field He provides practical land straightforward advice on what the key issues are‘. 'Olivier Proust is fantastic He is a top legal mind in the area, sharp, diligent, hard working and incredibly personable‘.
Fieldfisher’s team provides ‘pragmatic advice’ on GDPR, data breaches and international data transfer matters, to name a few areas. Olivier Proust, who jointly heads the team with Tim Van Canneyt is ‘knowledgeable, responsive and very practical’.
Fieldfisher’s approach addresses data protection and privacy questions in a broad manner, while proposing business-friendly and long-term compliance solutions.” Another peer says that they have “good knowledge and expertise in constantly evolving areas such as IT and data protection.” Olivier Proust is highly thought of for his work handling data protection matters, in particular concerning privacy and cybersecurity. One impressed client notes: “He is pragmatic and understands the complexities and issues of multinational organisations.”