Region: Belgium

Facebook Belgium: door left open for GDPR enforcement jostling

Data protection authorities in any EU country can take companies to court for cross-border GDPR infringements – but only in a specific set of circumstances, according to a significant European Court of Justice opinion released today.

13 January 2021

IAB Europe: Belgian authority doesn’t understand TCF

The influential adtech trade body IAB Europe has slammed a recent report from the Belgian data protection authority, saying the regulator doesn’t understand the commonly used transparency and consent framework.

08 December 2020

Conflict at Belgian data regulator reaches parliament

A Belgian parliamentary committee is set to hear grievances leveled at David Stevens, the head of the country’s Data Protection Authority.

20 October 2020

IAB presses on with code of conduct efforts despite damning report

A leading adtech body is going ahead with code of conduct efforts for its transparency and consent framework, in spite of a recent regulatory report claiming it may not comply with the GDPR.

20 October 2020

ECJ blocks bulk data harvesting but allows targeted collection

The EU’s top court has confirmed that member states cannot order telecoms providers to indiscriminately harvest data for national security purposes, but ruled the practice can continue in exceptional circumstances.

06 October 2020

Regulators loom large over covid-19 data sharing efforts

European data protection authorities continue to play a significant watchdog role during the coronavirus pandemic, with Belgian and Dutch regulators chiding their governments’ data-sharing efforts and the Italian watchdog greenlighting its country’s contact tracing app.

02 June 2020

GDPR roundup: fines, TikTok, Apple, covid-19 and more

European data regulators appear to be making good on their promise to continue their work, with a noticeable uptick in enforcers’ activity across the continent.

21 May 2020

Time to review your DPO appointment?

Linklaters Brussels partner Guillaume Couneson unpacks a recent Belgian regulatory decision on the independence of data protection officers – a key GDPR compliance issue.

07 May 2020

GDPR certification ball starts rolling

Companies may soon be able to mark their processes as being GDPR-compliant and partially shield themselves from enforcement, as at least six European data protection authorities push forward with certification and code of conduct plans.

04 March 2020

ECJ advocate-general sides with activists on bulk data interception

A European Court of Justice advocate-general has urged the court to rule that indiscriminate mass retention of metadata for national security purposes violates EU law.

15 January 2020

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