On November 5, 2021, IAB Europe announced that, in the coming weeks, the Belgian Data Protection Authority plans to share with other data protection authorities a draft ruling on the IAB EU Transparency & Consent Framework.
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The Belgian Council of State recently confirmed a decision of the regional Flemish Authorities to contract with an EU branch of a U.S. company using Amazon Web Services, stating that the use of U.S. cloud services in itself does not infringe on the GDPR.
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Earlier this month, the Belgian Data Protection Authority released its 2020 Annual Report, which showed the Belgian DPA’s focus on the supervision of initiatives to fight the COVID-19 pandemic involving data processing, while not losing sight of its other priorities outlined in its Strategic Plan 2020-2025.
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On May 20, 2021, the Belgian Data Protection Authority announced that it had approved the EU Data Protection Code of Conduct for Cloud Service Providers, the first transnational EU code of conduct since the entry into force of the EU General Data Protection Regulation.
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On April 22, 2021, the Belgian Constitutional Court annulled the framework set forth by the Law of 29 May 2016 requiring telecommunications providers to retain electronic communications data in bulk.
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Lexology’s Getting the Deal Through releases its 2021 guide on Data Protection and Privacy. Hunton’s privacy and cybersecurity team members serve as contributing editors of the guide and have authored multiple chapters, including on Belgium, the UK and United States. This blog entry provides a link to download the guide.
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On October 29, 2020, the non-governmental organization co-founded by privacy activist Max Schrems, None of Your Business, announced it can now file representative actions and claim damages on behalf of consumers for violations of various laws regarding consumer protection (including data protection law) in Belgium.
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On October 6, 2020, the Court of Justice of the European Union handed down Grand Chamber judgments determining that the ePrivacy Directive does not allow for EU Member States to adopt legislation intended to restrict the scope of its confidentiality obligations unless they comply with the general principles of EU law.
Continue Reading CJEU Restricts Indiscriminate Access to Electronic Communications for National Security Purposes