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With the rapid rise of social media in global communications, we regularly advise clients on effective social media strategy, policy and governance.

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We place great emphasis on providing advice that is both clear and pragmatic to our clients, working closely with them to achieve their goals.

Our proven experience in this field includes digital identity and online heritage issues, use of social media on the work floor, privacy compliance, defamation and removal of alleged harmful content.

We help companies draft social media policies which allow them to profit from all the benefits that social media has to offer, while mitigating the associated risks.

We also provide hands-on advice in respect of cookies, profiling and the transfer of personal data through commercial apps, as well as the legal aspects involved when using social media as a marketing tool.

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24.02.2017 NL law
District Court The Hague: WhatsApp is more than data transition medium and must appoint Dutch representative

Short Reads - On 22 July 2015, the Dutch Data Protection Authority ("DPA") imposed an order on WhatsApp Inc., backed by a penalty for non-compliance. The DPA concluded that WhatsApp must appoint a representative in the Netherlands within three months, subject to a penalty of €10,000 per day with a maximum of €1,000,000.

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24.02.2017 BE law
Skype Luxembourg condemned in Belgium for refusing to set up wiretap

Articles - In a judgment of 27 October 2016, the Correctional Court of Mechelen condemned Skype Communications SARL, a Luxembourg-based entity, for refusing to set up a wiretap that was ordered by the investigating magistrate (“Onderzoeksrechter”/”juge d’instruction”) in Mechelen. The wiretap was ordered as part of an investigation into a Skype user.

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24.02.2017 BE law
Belgian Act on “Alert-SMS”: warning messages about imminent danger or major disaster

Short Reads - On 19 December 2016, the Belgian Act on “BE-Alert” or “Alert-SMS” was published in the Belgian Official Gazette (Act of 7 December 2016 inserting an Article 106/1 in the Act of 13 June 2005 on electronic communications). This Act describes the legal framework of the system for mass SMS-notifications to the general population, known as “Alert-SMS”, in the event of imminent danger or major disaster, for example, in the event of terrorist attacks.

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24.02.2017 BE law
Belgian Act on Passenger Name Records published

Short Reads - On 25 January 2017, the Belgian Act on the processing of passenger name records (“PNR Act”) was published in the Belgian Official Gazette. The PNR Act implements three EU directives in the Belgian legal order: Directive 2016/681 on the use of passenger name record (PNR) data for the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of terrorist offences and serious crime, Directive 2010/65 on reporting formalities for ships arriving in and/or departing from ports of the Member States, and Directive 2004/82 on the obligation of carriers to communicate passenger data.

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24.02.2017 BE law
Belgium imposes identification obligation on users of prepaid calling cards and postpaid subscribers

Articles - On 1 September 2016, the Belgian legislator adopted the Act amending Article 127 of the Act of 13 June 2005 regarding electronic communications and Article 16/2 of the Act of 30 November 1998 regarding the intelligence and security services (the “Act”). Afterwards on 27 November 2016, the Belgian government also adopted the Royal Decree setting forth the conditions for the identification of users of prepaid calling cards (the “Royal Decree”).

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