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Roaming and MVNOs – too clever by half

Just a quick note to draw attention to a decision by BIPT, the regulator in Belgium here Lycamobile has been fined €30,000 for violation of the “roam like at home” requirements of the roaming regulation (contained in the 2012 regulation as amended in 2015). It appears that they were offering add-on bundles (at attractive prices) … Continue Reading

Europe: European Commission survey finds that data protection remains a major concern for EU citizens

By Patrick van Eecke and Mathieu Le Boudec A recent survey commissioned by the European Commission reveals that data protection remains an important concern for EU citizens. Key findings of the survey are that: Control over personal data More than eight out of ten respondents feel that they do not have complete control over their … Continue Reading

Europe: One step closer to European Privacy Regulation?

On 15 June 2015, EU Justice and Home Affairs ministers have reached a general approach on the General Data Protection Regulation at their Council meeting (the document can be consulted here). This means that, more than three years after the Commission’s initial proposal and more than one year after the European Parliament adopted its position, … Continue Reading

EUROPE: Security and privacy must go hand in hand, not head-to-head, says European Privacy Supervisor

by Patrick Van Eecke & Julie De Bruyn At a 29 April Cybersecurity and Privacy conference in Brussels, Keynote Speaker and recently appointed European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) Giovanni Buttarelli was given the opportunity to comment on his 5-year strategy, published last month. Particular attention was paid to cybersecurity and the challenges posed by it … Continue Reading

EUROPE: EU-US data flows at risk? European Court of Justice today heard Facebook case.

By Patrick Van Eecke and Julie De Bruyn Today the Schrems v. Irish Data Protection Commission case was brought before the Court of Justice of the European Union (‘CJEU’) for an oral hearing, following referral by the Irish High Court. While the final ruling by the CJEU is to be awaited until June 24, it … Continue Reading

European Data Protection Supervisor launches its 2015-2019 strategy

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) launched it data protection strategy, summarizing it in three strategic objectives and 10 accompanying measures for the next five years. The EDPS stated that it is a crucial moment for data protection, a period of unprecedented change and political importance, not only in the EU but globally. 1. Data … Continue Reading

EUROPE: European cookie sweep results published: average of 34.6 cookies per website.

By Patrick Van Eecke and Julie De Bruyn Article 29 Working Party, the European data protection advisory body, has published its report on the ‘cookie sweep’ that was carried out in September last year in partnership with data protection authorities and other regulators across 8 Member States (Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Greece, the Netherlands, Slovenia, … Continue Reading

Europe’s Right to be forgotten: update on implementation guidelines

By Patrick Van Eecke and Mathieu Le Boudec Last week we wrote that the Article 29 Working Party (“Working Party 29”) has adopted guidelines relating to the implementation of the European Court of Justice’s Google ruling on the right to be forgotten. Click here for a previous blog post on this ruling. These guidelines have … Continue Reading

Europe: Right to be forgotten guidelines adopted by WP29

Article 29 Working Party adopts guidelines on the implementation on the Right to be Forgotten judgment of the CJEU By Patrick Van Eecke & Julie De Bruyn The Article 29 Working Party, the European data protection advisory body existing of representatives of the national data protection authorities of the EU Member States, announced yesterday to … Continue Reading

BELGIUM: Belgian government’s new focus on privacy and technology laws

By Patrick Van Eecke and Antoon Dierick Almost five months after federal parliamentary elections took place, the negotiators from the four political parties around the negotiating table (Flemish parties NVA, CD&V and Open VLD and Walloon party MR) reached a coalition agreement which contains quite a few interesting policy initiatives from a privacy and IT … Continue Reading

EU: European Court of Justice rules right to be forgotten principle applicable to search engines.

Patrick Van Eecke & Anthony Cornette In a landmark ruling the European Court of Justice today ruled that search engines, as a principle, need to remove the link between search results and a webpage if it contains information the individual deems should be “forgotten”. In short, the Court decided that: Indexing information by a search … Continue Reading

EU – International data transfers from processors to processors made easier, good news for cloud providers and outsourcers

By Patrick Van Eecke and Elisabeth Verbrugge Working Party 29 issued a working document on model clauses for personal data transfers from EU data processors to non-EU sub-processors. This is an important step towards creating a more comprehensive framework for contract-based personal data transfers outside the EEA. European data protection laws in principle prohibit the … Continue Reading

EUROPE: EU Commissioner Reding introduces her Eight Principles of Data Protection

By Patrick Van Eecke On Data Protection Day, EU Commissioner Viviane Reding introduced the so-called “Data Protection Compact”, her 8 principles of Data Protection that should govern the way personal data is processed by the public and the private sector. Principle 1: Europe must establish a robust Data Protection legal framework that can be the … Continue Reading

Europe: Mosley v Google – game, set but not match yet.

By Patrick Van Eecke and Antoon Dierick – DLA Piper Brussels;      On November 6, a Paris Court ordered Google to filter out hyperlinks to images of former F1 boss Max Mosley in an allegedly Nazi-themed sadomasochistic orgy. (TGI Paris, 17e ch., 6 novembre 2013, RG 11/07970, Max Mosley c. Google Inc et Google France) This … Continue Reading

BELGIUM: Privacy Commission shows its teeth by setting up dedicated infringement task force

By Patrick Van Eecke and Elisabeth Verbrugge Today, the Belgian Privacy Commission’s announced its intention to make enforcement its number one priority: A dedicated inspection task force will be set up pro-actively monitoring companies and organisations which are processing personal data in breach of applicable laws. The Privacy Commission’s increased control and inspection activities will in … Continue Reading

EU Releases Cybersecurity Strategy

Written by:  Stewart James and Jim Halpert Understanding the increasing threat of cybercrime and its potential impact on the economy, the EU Commission has published its proposal for a European cybersecurity strategy, together with a draft directive for consideration by the EU Parliament. These documents are at a much earlier phase of policy development than the … Continue Reading

European Parliament Seeks to Broaden the Scope of the Draft Data Protection Regulation and Strengthen its Application

DLA Piper lawyers had the opportunity to review the European Parliament draft report on the Data Protection Regulation proposal that will be presented by Rapporteur Albrecht to the European Parliament on 10 January 2013. The proposed legislative changes  would impose significant additional requirements on entities that collect data about EU residents, including, notably, entities located outside … Continue Reading
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