Tag Archives: Privacy

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

BELGIUM – Belgian Privacy Commission publishes first official guidance on cookies

By Patrick van Eecke and Mathieu Le Boudec Almost one year after the publication of the draft version, the Belgian Privacy Commission has recently issued the final version of its recommendation regarding the use of cookies (which can be consulted through the following links in Dutch language or in French language). The extensive document (over … Continue Reading

Internet of Things: Business and Legal Framework Webinar

The DLA Piper Internet of Things group just launched a series of webinars on legal and business issues of the Internet of Things.  The first webinar will cover the Business and Legal Framework of the Internet of Things and will take place on Wednesday 22 April 2015 from 3.00 to 4.00pm UK time.… 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

Connected Cars & Privacy: Automotive industry adopts consumer privacy principles

by Patrick Van Eecke and Julie De Bruyn Last week proved to be an important week for privacy and data protection in the US: while representatives of the European Commission were negotiating with US representatives on government surveillance and the extension of the US Privacy Act to EU citizens, the US Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers … Continue Reading

Big Data, Big Privacy Issues

By Patrick Van Eecke & Mathieu Le Boudec Last week, a resolution on big data was adopted under the auspices of the 36th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners (hereafter: “ICDPPC”). After earlier guiding documents released this year by, among others, the Executive Office of the President of the United States, the Information … 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

Mobile apps – increasing privacy transparency is on top of your to-do list!

Mobile apps: increasing privacy transparency is on top of your to-do list! Patrick Van Eecke & Elisabeth Verbrugge As previously announced, the Global Privacy Enforcement Network (GPEN) recently released the results of the global privacy sweep of mobile applications it conducted in May 2014. More than 25 privacy commissions around the world examined a total … Continue Reading

Belgium: Beware of the barking Privacy Watchdog, she’s biting

MORE ENFORCEMENT POWERS FOR BELGIAN PRIVACY COMMISSION By Patrick Van Eecke and Julie De Bruyn (DLA Piper – Brussels) The quietness in the privacy landscape in Belgium is about to drastically change. Reason for the change of pace are the recent major data breaches that were published by the media. The Privacy Commission announced it … 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

New DLA Piper Handbook Available Online: A Snapshot of the World’s Data Protection Laws

DLA Piper is delighted to provide you with the first edition of the Data Protection Laws of the World Handbook 2011/2012. The Handbook offers a high-level snapshot of national data protection laws as they currently stand in 58 jurisdictions across the world. It provides a quick overview of the aspects of data protection law that are often of great practical significance … Continue Reading
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