I am Erik Valgaeren
Data Protection specialist
Technology, Media and Telecommunications specialist

Erik Valgaeren

With a thorough understanding of technology in many areas, Erik advises a broad spectrum of clients from high-profile businesses to financial institutions. 

His practice focuses on IT, internet, e-commerce and electronic communications law. Erik also deals with intellectual property issues relating to these areas driven by the increasing interaction between infrastructure and the content/information communicated.

Furthermore, Erik drafts complex contracts, assists clients with legislation and regulatory aspects, and litigates both before national courts and arbitral tribunals.

He regularly advises on a range of projects including web and cloud services, outsourcing, IT security, system integration, software implementation, information management, databases, health IT, privacy, consortia and partnerships.

Erik is an officer and former chair of the Technology Law Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA). He was admitted to the New York bar in 1992.

  • Languages: Dutch, French, English, German, Spanish
  • Admitted to the Brussels Bar: 1993
  • Partner since: 2001

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Articles - The General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) will come into effect on 25 May 2018. It will have  significant impact on how companies handle their personal data processing operations, so it is of utmost importance that companies already start implementing compliance processes internally. To this end, the Article 29 Data Protection Working Party (“WP 29”) has published three sets of guidelines that aim to clarify several key legal changes, giving its recommendations on how companies can ensure proper compliance with these new rules.

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Quod personalis notitia Iovi, non personalis notitia bovi

Articles - In its decision of 19 October 2016, the Court of Justice of the European Union ("CJEU") clarified the concept of personal data. The Court held that an IP address can be qualified as personal data, even if the processor could only identify the actual user through information on the IP address held by an Internet Service Provider ("ISP").

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