Cybercrime Europe | time.lex

At the European level, various attempts have been made to harmonize cybercrime legislation. In 2001 the Council of Europe’s Cybercrime Convention represented a first foray into this policy area and was followed by the 2005 EU Framework Decision on Attacks against Information Systems. As cybercrime has evolved, a revised framework has been needed and now a new EU Directive on Attacks against Information Systems replaces the Framework Decision and updates the rules.

WP29 Apps on Smart Devices | time.lex
Privacy & data protection

The publication of the Article 29 Data Protection Working Party’s opinion “Apps on Smart Devices” has provided clarification on the legal framework relating to the processing of personal data on different smart, especially mobile, devices. The opinion is a must-read comprehensive guide for all stakeholders in the apps “eco-system”.

The lawyer's deed in Belgian law | time.lex

Belgian contract law is in principle relatively flexible, and allows private parties to conclude contracts using whatever means they deem appropriate (notwithstanding a series of formal restrictions for certain formal types of contracts). However, this flexibility also has its downsides: private parties are not always fully informed of the legal consequences of their agreements, and certain key information (including basic data such as the date of signing, entry into force, or even the exact identification of the parties) is sometimes missing, leading to needless discussions.

BOYD smartphone | time.lex
Privacy & data protection

“Bring your own device” or “BYOD”, meaning that employees use their own laptop or smartphone and software for professional purposes, is an increasing trend. A lot of companies simply tolerate it or even ignore it and believe that it doesn’t concern them. This raises legal concerns. Who is liable for data breaches, viruses and breach of company’s confidential information? Is the company, as employer, allowed to enforce its IT-policies on those privately owned devices? What about the employee’s privacy?

Belgian legislation on e-invoice & e-archiving | time.lex

The federal Belgian council of minsters recently approved a draft proposal that will be submitted to the Parliament in September. It aims at further simplifying electronic invoicing and archiving for paper and electronic invoices. The draft law implements the European Directive 2010/45/EC of 13 July 2010 amending Directive 2006/112/EC on the common system of value added tax as regards the rules on invoicing. The goal is to have the new rules in place as from 1st January 2013.

Belgian Constitutional Court - Cyberstalking | time.lex

Different criteria for stalking and cyberstalking are not discriminatory.

Bitcoin | time.lex

Edwin Jacobs takes a look at the legal challenges surrounding Bitcoin.

Study on spam and spyware | time.lex
News & announcements

The European Commission has published its recent study on spam, spyware and malicious software, conducted by time.lex.

ECJ judgement Rijkeboer case | time.lex
Privacy & data protection

How long do access logs need to be archived in Europe?

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