Patrick Van Eecke

Patrick Van Eecke

DLA Piper

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

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...more

4/9/2014 - Cloud Computing Cross-Border Cybersecurity Data Protection EU International Data Transfers

Belgium: Gaming Commission takes aim at players

Since the amendment in 2010 of the Belgian Gaming Act of 7 May 1999, effective as from 2011, both operators of illegal games of chance (article 4 §1 of the Act) and the natural persons playing these games (article 4 §2 of the...more

3/19/2014 - Criminal Sanctions Gaming Gaming Commissions

Belgium: Beware Of The Barking Privacy Watchdog, She’s Biting

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 will...more

3/14/2014 - Data Breach Data Protection Enforcement Actions EU Healthcare Privacy Laws Telecommunications

Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence - 2014

BETTING AND GAMING - US: Draft legislation aims to prohibit Internet gambling - Last month, a draft Internet Gambling Control Act surfaced on the Internet. This proposed legislation, attributed by industry websites to...more

2/4/2014 - Aereo Antitrust Litigation Copyright Cybersecurity Data Protection Entertainment Industry EU Fashion Industry Gambling Internet Gambling Internet Streaming Motion Picture Industry SCOTUS Television Broadcast Stations UK

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

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...more

1/30/2014 - Cybersecurity Data Protection EU European Commission Viviane Reding

DLA Piper at European Responsible Gaming Day

On November 28, a round table on the role of the European Union in online gambling was organized by the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) during the sixth Responsible Gaming Day in Brussels. Patrick Van...more

12/2/2013 - EU Gambling Gaming Gaming Commissions

Belgium: Supreme Court Decision on IP blocking also impacting gaming industry

By the judgment rendered on 22 October 2013 in the Belgian version of the long-lasting The Pirate Bay saga, the Belgian Court of Cassation (Belgium’s Supreme Court) confirmed the lawfulness of a far-reaching injunction order...more

11/26/2013 - EU Gambling Gaming

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

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....more

11/12/2013 - ECJ EU EU Data Protection Laws Freedom of Expression Google Intermediaries ISPs Search Engines

Turning A Corner? The Data Protection Debate To Date

As part of the European Council conclusions of 24/25 October 2013, EU Ministers agreed that new Data Protection legislation should be adopted by 2015, rather than by the end of May 2014, as the European Parliament and the...more

11/7/2013 - Data Protection EU EU Data Protection Laws European Commission

Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence - November 2013

BETTING AND GAMING - UK: 12-year ban for snooker match fixing - The World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association has suspended snooker player Stephen Lee for 12 years after he was found guilty of match fixing....more

11/5/2013 - Gaming Match Fixing Sports Betting

Belgium: Commission relaunches call to regulate social

The Gaming Commission again announced yesterday in Belgian media that it intends to restrict the possibility to play games on social network sites such as Facebook. According to the Commission, a majority of the participants...more

10/31/2013 - EU Facebook Gambling Minors Online Gaming Social Media

Belgium: Gaming Commission pleads for access to State Register

Patrick Van Eecke and Antoon Dierick (both DLA Piper Brussels) comment on the Belgian Gaming Commission’s announcement in today’s newspapers that it should be granted access to the State Register in order to fight against...more

10/30/2013 - EU Gaming Commissions

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

Yesterday, 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...more

10/22/2013 - Compliance Criminal Sanctions Enforcement Actions EU Privacy Laws

All-In@EiG 2013 - Co-ordinated Advice on a Global Scale.

Welcome to EiG 2013 - Last year we referenced the sense of deja vu in the preceding 12 month period and not surprisingly, the same themes and issues have dominated the online gambling industry since 2012. The...more

10/9/2013 - EU Gambling Internet Gambling Licenses Online Poker Social Gaming Sweepstakes TFEU UK

Technology & Sourcing News - September 2013 (Global)

Procurement and Public Sector Equality Duty Review - On 6 September 2013, the Minister for Women and Equalities published a statement on the outcome of the review. Mobile banking - supporting an innovative and secure...more

9/30/2013 - Banks FCA Mobile Apps Mobile Devices

Belgium: Gaming Commission accuses Brussels casino of illegal structure

Patrick Van Eecke and Antoon Dierick (DLA Piper Brussels) report on a complaint filed by the Belgian Gaming Commission against Brussel’s only land-based casino. Today, Belgian printed media reports that the Belgian...more

9/18/2013 - Casinos Gaming Commissions

Europe: EU Court of Justice takes stand against prohibitions on cross-border betting and gaming activities

Patrick Van Eecke and Antoon Dierick (both DLA Piper Brussels) comment on the latest ruling of the European Court of Justice in respect of Italian gaming an betting regulations....more

9/17/2013 - Cross-Border ECJ EU Gambling Gaming Sports Betting

Belgium: Biggest Belgian football match fixing scandal before court

Patrick Van Eecke and Antoon Dierick (both DLA Piper Brussels) comment on a match fixing trial which started today before the Brussels’ courts....more

9/13/2013 - Athletes Football Fraud Match Fixing Sports

European Parliament Report on Online Gambling

The European Parliament today published its Report on online gambling in the internal market calling for a balanced and EU compliant approach when regulating the market. The European Parliament Resolution contains more...more

9/10/2013 - EU Gambling Online Gaming Online Poker

Intellectual Property and Technology News | Issue 4, Q3 2013 (Global)


9/6/2013 - AMP v Myriad Biotechnology CJEU Cloud Computing Copyright Data Protection DNA Genetic Materials Human Genes Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Pharmaceutical ROI SCOTUS Technology

Belgium: New procedures for notification and/or approval data transfer agreements

In the summer of 2013, the Belgian Privacy Commission and Ministry of Justice concluded a Protocol Agreement which clarifies the rules and procedures applicable to data transfer agreements....more

9/3/2013 - Data Protection Data Transfer Providers EU

Belgium: Government bans mobile phones designed for children

The Belgian government has issued a ban on mobile phones designed for children by Royal Decree of 30 July 2013. The ban covers selling and advertising mobile phones which are made visually attractive for children, as well as...more


Belgium: New Belgian data retention legislation for telecom operators

Belgium has enacted new data retention legislation on 30 July 2013. Telecom operators must now store communications traffic data, location data, data identifying the end-user, data on the communication service used and on the...more

9/3/2013 - Cybersecurity Data Protection EU New Legislation Telecommunications

Belgium: Moving towards the cloud – brief overview

Currently, no specific legal framework exists in Belgium to regulate cloud computing services or contracts. The cloud is regulated under Belgian law including general contract law principles, ecommerce law, consumer...more

8/12/2013 - Cloud Computing Cybersecurity Data Protection EU

Europe: Mobile apps rarely compliant with basic EU data protection consent rules

Mobile apps may, and frequently do, have access to a lot of personal information. This personal information can include one’s contact list, location, calendar and photos. Through social network integration, this includes...more

8/3/2013 - Data Collection Data Protection EU EU Data Protection Laws European Commission Mobile Apps Personally Identifiable Information

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