Patrick Van Eecke

Patrick Van Eecke

DLA Piper

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WCRR: EU Audiovisual Media Services Directive Open for Debate

The European Commission launched July 6 a public consultation on the Audiovisual Media Services Directive 2010/13/EU ("AVMSD"), entitled "A media framework for the 21st century," paving the way towards a single European...more

9/11/2015 - Broadcasting Consultation Periods Country of Origin Cross-Border Digital Media EU European Commission International Harmonization On-Demand Services

BELGIUM: Belgian Privacy Commission fires its first warning shot to Facebook

Based on its on-going investigation of Facebook’s new terms and conditions, the Belgian Privacy Commission has issued a public recommendation (which can be consulted here in English language). The document focuses on...more

5/20/2015 - Belgium Data Collection Data Protection Facebook Terms and Conditions

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

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...more

5/1/2015 - Cybersecurity Data Protection EU EU Data Protection Laws Popular

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

Yesterday, 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...more

3/25/2015 - Austria Cybersecurity Data Privacy Data Protection Authority Data-Sharing EU EU Data Protection Laws EU-US Trade European Court of Justice (ECJ) Facebook Ireland National Security NSA Popular PRISM Program Privacy Concerns Safe Harbors

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...more

3/3/2015 - EDPS EU EU Data Protection Laws Popular

Belgium: eStrategy games attracting Belgium’s Gaming’s Commission attention

Belgian media recently reported the story of a minor having lost large sums of money by playing a strategy game on his iPad. It concerned a strategy game with the aim of building a medieval city and an army, for which...more


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

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...more

2/19/2015 - Article 29 Working Group Cookies Data Protection EU Information Reports

Belgium getting tough on Facebook?

Today a delegation of Facebook is meeting with the Belgian ‘Secretary of State’ responsible for Privacy, Bart Tommelein. The subject of conversation are Facebook’s new terms of service and data policy, which are claimed to be...more

2/19/2015 - Belgium EU Data Protection Laws Facebook Terms of Service

European Data Protection Supervisor equals data protection rules to competition rules.

Mr Giovanni Buttarelli, the newly appointed European Data Protection Supervisor (“EDPS”), spoke earlier this week at a seminar in Brussels on antitrust, privacy and big data. After having explored the conceptual...more

2/9/2015 - Competition Act Cybersecurity Data Protection EU EU Data Protection Laws

Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence - January 2015 (Global)

UK: World Anti-Doping Agency announce collaboration with Pfizer - On 3 December 2014, the World Anti-Doping Agency announced a global collaboration agreement with American pharmaceutical corporation Pfizer Inc, aimed at...more

1/12/2015 - Anti-Corruption Appeals Arbitration Communications Act 2003 Doping Drones FC Barcelona Free Speech Gambling Mobile Apps OFCOM Pfizer Privacy Laws Publishing Copyrights Right of Publicity Sports UK

24 privacy authorities worldwide call for more mobile app privacy

Last week, the increased focus of national data protection authorities on the processing of personal data through mobile apps was again confirmed in an open letter from a group of data protection authorities....more

12/16/2014 - EU Mobile App Privacy Guidelines Mobile Apps Popular

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

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. ...more

12/10/2014 - Article 29 Working Group EU European Court of Justice (ECJ) Google Right to Be Forgotten

Europe: Right to be forgotten guidelines adopted by WP29

The Article 29 Working Party, the European data protection advisory body consisting of representatives of the national data protection authorities of the EU Member States, announced yesterday that they have adopted guidelines...more

12/1/2014 - Data Protection EU Google Popular Right to Be Forgotten

All-In@EiG 2014 Co-ordinated Advice on a Global Scale

In This Issue: 1. Welcome to EiG 2014 2. Europe: Gaming in the Cloud 3. Risk – What’s Your Appetite? 4. Japan: Current Status of Casino Legalization 5. Poland: Overview of Expected Changes 6. Patents on...more

10/27/2014 - Casinos EU Gambling Gaming Japan

Big Data, Big Privacy Issues

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...more

10/22/2014 - Big Data Data Protection EU Internet Privacy Privacy Concerns Regulatory Standards

Spotlight on Belgium: Trends in the Legal Landscape - Issue 6, Fall 2014

Welcome to the sixth issue of Spotlight on Belgium, the publication through which DLA Piper’s Belgian team brings you up-to-speed with the latest legal updates. And as we are freshly out of the holiday period – it may not...more

10/17/2014 - Employee Rights Equal Pay EU European Court of Justice (ECJ) International Labor Laws Remuneration

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

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...more

10/16/2014 - Cybersecurity Information Technology Legislative Agendas Privacy Policy

BELGIUM: Important industry information – Number of casinos to increase from 9 to 11

The following paragraph was included in the coalition agreement released last week by the new Belgian government: “The government will review the Games of Chance Act of 7 May 1999 […], with the purpose of increasing...more

10/13/2014 - Casinos Cruise Ships Gaming Online Gaming

Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence - October 2014 (Global)

BROADCASTING - France: French legislation on evening advertising on public channels: should we expect another shift in policy? - The main French public service broadcaster, France Télévisions, is calling for lift of...more

10/3/2014 - Broadcasting Data Protection Entertainment Industry EU FIFA Gambling Gaming Internet Sports Television Broadcast Stations

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

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

10/1/2014 - Corporate Counsel GPEN Mobile Apps Mobile Privacy Transparency

Belgium: Gaming Commission calls for blacklisting of free gambling apps

In today’s Belgian national media, the Belgian Gaming Commission has pleaded to restrict the offering of free gambling applications (“apps”) which allow persons to gamble for free on their mobile device. The Commission for...more

9/30/2014 - EU Gaming Gaming Commissions Mobile Apps

Internet of Things: European privacy recommendations

Call it a coincidence or not: exactly one week after the Apple Watch was officially introduced by Apple CEO Tim Cook on 9 September 2014, the European data protection advisory body – Article 29 Data Protection Working Party...more

9/24/2014 - Apple Watch Data Protection EU Google Glass Internet of Things Internet Privacy Mobile Privacy Popular Wearable Technology

Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence - July 2014 (Global)

BETTING AND GAMING - Belgium: Gaming Commission pleads for a further restriction and rationalization of the gaming industry - The Belgian Gaming Commission has sent an open letter to the next government in which it...more

7/10/2014 - Entertainment Industry EU Gambling Gaming Media Sports

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