All posts by Matthias Vierstraete

On 8 April 2014 the European Court of Justice ruled that the Data Retention Directive 2006/24/EC interferes in a particularly serious manner with the fundamental rights to respect for private life and to the protection of personal data. The Directive is declared invalid. A.    The Directive Directive 2006/24/EC strives for harmonization of the Member States’ national legislations providing for the retention of data by providers of publicly available electronic communications services or of a public communications network for the prevention, investigation, detection and prosecution of criminal offences. The initial intention was that service and network providers would be freed from legal and technical differences between national provisions. The Directive and national laws implementing the Directive were often criticized. The main argument being that massive data retention was said to endanger the right to privacy. The advocates of the rules, however, argued that these rules were necessary for authorities to investigate and … Continue Reading ››
At a recent roundtable event hosted by theBrusselsoffice of Olswang LLP, Datonomy heard a range of perspectives on data protection issues in the context of social network sites (SNS). Around 50 members of the Belgian Institute of In-House Counsel attended the event. Iain Stansfield from Olwang's Londonoffice set the scene and demonstrated through a number of practical examples what can go wrong for companies that are active on SNS – and further, what can go wrong when they are not active. Besides the risks, there are of course clear advantages of being social online and Iain discussed the need to find a balance between being social on the one hand and complying with the law on the other hand. Christine De Keersmaeker from Olswang'sBrusselsoffice explained what social media do to your Intellectual Property, how they affect trade marks and copyrights and how trademark and copyright holders can deal with the threats of social … Continue Reading ››