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In a competitive and rapidly changing industry, our proven expertise and knowledge enable us to assist clients with the evolving legal challenges they face.

We have a strong track record in assisting leading telecoms businesses, broadband network operators and government agencies on a broad variety of issues. Our comprehensive service includes competition and procurement law, contracting, privacy and data protection, and full-scale transactional work.

Of particular note is our knowledge in complex European and domestic regulations, together with our experience in advising and assisting in, or against, decisions by regulators.

In producing opinions, we often work in close partnership with our competition law and public law practice groups, especially in dispute activities before the courts or administrative tribunals. 

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24.02.2017 NL law
Proposal for a Dutch GDPR Implementation Act

Short Reads - The proposal for a Dutch GDPR Implementation Act (Uitvoeringswet Algemene verordening gegevensbescherming, "Implementation Act") that seeks to implement the General Data Protection Regulation ("GDPR") was published online on 9 December 2016 for the purpose of public consultation. The GDPR has been adopted on 27 April 2016, and various posts on guidance regarding the contents of the GDPR can be found here.

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24.02.2017 EU law
Article 29 Working Party guidelines on data portability, data protection officers, and lead supervisory authorities

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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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 EU law
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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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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