Ophélie Snoy

Managing Associate | Brussels

Ophélie Snoy (CIPP/E) is attorney-at-law, member of the Brussels Bar since 2012 and a Managing Associate, working in the Privacy & Data Protection, Cybersecurity and Tech law at Pierstone Brussels law firm.

Ophélie is passionate about innovation, big data & AI. She differentiates herself through her enthusiasm, positive thinking, curiosity, proactive and educational communication, creativity, teamspirit, and openness. Her prior focus is to understand the business needs and provide pragmatic advice and solutions. No legal jargon.


– International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)
– AF CDP (DPO French Association)
– IAPP’s Knowledege Chapter in Belgium
– DPO Circle
– European Lawyers Association
– Womanly, female network of entrepreneurs


– GDPR (personal data)
– ePrivacy Directive (online marketing)
– NIS Directives (cyber security)
– Data Governance Act (data sharing)
– Data Act (data sharing)
– AI Act
– Digital Service Act (DSA)
– Digital Market Act (DMA)

Ophélie provides the following services:

  • Data protection officer
  • Full GDPR compliance programme:
    • data mapping, conducting interviews with top management
    • drafting audit report & one pager summary
    • support in adapting the business model if need be for compliance reasons
    • providing pragmatic solutions to mitigate the risks
    • drafting all privacy mandatory documentation and contracts
    • building & conducting employees & DPO GDPR trainings
  • Assessing and documenting who is (join)controller & processor in complex environments
  • Drafting & building:
    – All privacy documentation
    – Data Processing Agreement, Joint Controllership Agreement or Data Controller clauses
    – Data Processing Impact Assessment (DPIA)
    – Balancing test for the use of legitimate interest
    – Transfer impact assessment with local law firms
  • Data Breach management: crisis support, assessing risks and drafting notification to the authority and data subjects
  • Data Subjects Rights management
  • Advising on complex marketing campaigns & micro-profiling
  • Advising on health data
  • Advising on data sharing (Data Governance Act & Data Act)
  • Dealing with the Belgian Data Protection Authority in case of litigation or investigation
  • Advising on AI


Professional Experience:

  • working at Pierstone since October 2021
  • worked:
    • 3 years and ½ in a major international law firm PwC Legal (Brussels)
    • 3 years in a business law firm Van Olmen & Wynant (Brussels)
    • 2 years for an American NGO (Hope Unending) (Vietnam)
    • Founded a startup “Leizuu”, a sustainable fashion brand (Vietnam)
    • 4 months in a Scottish law firm Terra Firma Chambers (Edinburgh)



Ophélie obtained / is certified from:

  • Information Privacy Professional/Europe (CIPP/E) since 2018
  • Law degree from the Université Catholique de Louvain in 2011 – Cum Laude
  • L. L. M. in Intellectual Property Law & Knowledge Management from the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands in 2012 – Honors
  • Certification in Commercial Management from ICHEC in – Great Honors


Academic Publications:

  • Co-author of “The 2022 Data Governance Act”, October 2022
  • « Revue De Droit Commercial » (RDC/TBH) on “Transfert de données à caractère personnel de l’Europe vers un pays tiers : état des lieux à la suite de la décision Schrems 2” – N°5, December 2020
  • DPOs and Conflicts of Interest: Key Takeaways, November 2021
  • Co-author of “Key responsibilities for DPO in COVID-19 crisis”, 8 May 2020
  • Co-author of “The Scherm’s 2.0 case and its potential effect on international data transfers to the US or elsewhere”, 17 July 2019
  • Co-author of “Inadequate data protection due diligence in M&A transactions can lead to high fines”, 11 July 2019
  • Co-author of “International personal data transfers: Japan is now an “adequate country””, 25 January 2019
  • Co-author of “The new Belgian Data Protection Authority: who’s who and how will it work”, 23 January 2019