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Data Protection Officer: Mandatory for Your Company?

Written by Edwin Jacobs on Tuesday 8 November 2016 in the category Privacy & data protection with the tags , .

A Data Protection Officer is a position or role within an organisation. The Data Protection Officer oversees the processing of personal and privacy-sensitive information. When the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force in May 2018, many companies will be obliged to have appointed a Data Protection Officer.

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Doing Business in Europe? Mandatory Data Protection Compliance in Every Single Country

Written by Edwin Jacobs on Monday 14 December 2015 in the category Privacy & data protection with the tags , , , , , , , , , .

What are the consequences of recent Facebook court cases for cross-border eCommerce business in the European Union? Here are three takeaways for every company doing business in Europe, from merchants selling goods or services online in Europe to cloud computing providers, social media platforms and many others.

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EU Justice ministers give approval to data protection reform

Written by Edwin Jacobs on Tuesday 16 June 2015 in the category Privacy & data protection with the tags , , , .

On June 15th 2015 all justice ministers of the 28 member states met at the Justice and Home Affairs Council of the Council of the European Union and approved their common negotiating position on the new EU data protection regulation or “General Data Protection Regulation”. 

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Data Privacy Day? Keep Calm and Call Your Lawyer

Written by Jos Dumortier and Edwin Jacobs on Thursday 29 January 2015 in the category Privacy & data protection with the tags , , , , .

The 28th of January 2015 was the annual Data Privacy Day (or Data Protection Day) intended to both raise awareness and promote privacy and data protection best practices. Earlier this month Professor Jos Dumortier was interviewed by Radio 1 (Hautekiet) about some hot topics in privacy and data protection.

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New EU Data Protection Guidance on the Internet of Things

Written by Hans Graux on Sunday 12 October 2014 in the category Privacy & data protection with the tags , , .

The EU’s main data protection body, the Article 29 Working Party, recently published an Opinion on the application of European data protection rules to the Internet of Things. It shows an interesting evolution in the Working Party’s opinions as the priorities of the anticipated General Data Protection Regulation are now cautiously shining through. 

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Guidelines, Fact Sheets and Myth-Busting: EU Working Hard to Clarify the Right to Be Forgotten

Written by Hans Graux on Sunday 12 October 2014 in the category Privacy & data protection with the tags , , .

Since the EU Court of Justice made its ruling on the right to be forgotten in May 2014, the topic has been in the media almost incessantly. Most of the debate concerns matters of principle: does the right amount to censorship, who is permitted to exercise the right and under what conditions, and does it actually benefit privacy? As new cases continue to come up, the EU is working hard to provide guidelines, fact sheets and myth-busting documents to explain why the ruling makes sense.

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Using Customer Payment Data as Effective Marketing Tool

Written by Jos Dumortier on Sunday 12 October 2014 in the category Privacy & data protection with the tags , , .

Although winning and maintaining customer loyalty is a key goal for any retailer, it is especially important for businesses that specialize in niche products. Take the example of “Carets”. Carets is a multichannel retailer that sells every product a guitar player and enthusiast may need — all types of guitars of course, but also sheet music, strings, metronomes, books about guitar music, course material, etc. To obtain a more cohesive view of customer buying preferences and loyalty in its stores, Carets would like to partner with a payment processing and marketing company.

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