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Mrs. Annick Mottet Haugaard
Ms. Olivia Santantonio

EU Omnibus Directive: what is the impact of the consumer protection reform for traders? Some takeaways and results of the poll
23/11/2020

Nearly one year ago, the EU Parliament adopted the directive No 2019/2161 (better known as the “Omnibus Directive”) as a result of the “New deal for consumers” initiative. 

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 Payments in the video game industry: Regulatory Status in Belgium

Payments in the video game industry: Regulatory Status in Belgium
20/11/2020

This summer has brought a major lawsuit in the video game industry with the “Apple v. Epic Games” case. Epic Games, the developer of the popular game Fortnite, introduced the possibility for its iOS users to buy V-Bucks (the virtual currency used in Fortnite) without using the AppStore integrated payment services.

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Transfer of personal data outside the EEA

Transfer of personal data outside the EEA
20/11/2020

In the Schrems II judgment of 16 July 2020, the Court of Justice ruled that the transfer of personal data outside the European Economic Area (EEA) on the basis of “standard contractual clauses” (SCCs) is only in compliance with the GDPR insofar as the recipient country offers an equivalent level of data protection as in the EU. In the meantime, recommendations have been issued on the supplementary measures which can be taken by companies if the legal framework in the third country does not provide sufficient protection, and a draft version of new SCCs has also been published.

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Mr. Pieterjan Smeyers

Met het oog op de toekomst in moeilijke tijden: de wederopbouwreserve
20/11/2020

Om de nadelige economische gevolgen van de COVID-19 pandemie zoveel als mogelijk te beperken, voorziet de regering niet enkel in financiële (bijv. overbruggingsrecht, compensatiepremie, coronasubsidie, etc.) , maar ook in fiscale steunmaatregelen

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Mrs. Ariane Brohez

Leases management in COVID-19 times: is the rent (fully) due?
19/11/2020

On 30 October 2020, the Judge of Peace of Etterbeek rendered a judgment on commercial leases in the first lockdown period in view of the COVID-19 measures. The issue raised was whether the rents were due by the tenant (operating a cosmetics business within the leased premises) during this first lockdown period (i.e. from March to May 2020).

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EU Court of Justice clarifies concept of “informed consent” for collection of personal data

EU Court of Justice clarifies concept of “informed consent” for collection of personal data
19/11/2020

On 11 November, the Court of Justice of the EU (“CJEU”) rendered its judgment (Case C‑61/19) in a case (Orange România SA v. Autoritatea NaĆŁională de Supraveghere a Prelucrării Datelor cu Caracter Personal) about informed consent.

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Mag u een werknemer ontslaan omdat hij weigert een mondmasker te dragen?

Mag u een werknemer ontslaan omdat hij weigert een mondmasker te dragen?
18/11/2020

Het Arbeidshof van Antwerpen heeft het ontslag om dringende reden van een werknemer die weigert een mondmasker te dragen op zijn arbeidsplaats bekrachtigd.

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Ms. Annabel Coopman

Attention points for retail sector employers considering dismissing employees for economic or technical reasons
18/11/2020

As the retail sector is one of the sectors most affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, employers within it might be considering dismissing employees for economic or technical reasons.

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Mr. Peter Craddock
Mrs. Sien Vandezande

New Belgian DPA decision: employee consent sometimes works
18/11/2020

Yes, employee consent is possible in certain circumstances – but do not assume old processing activities fully comply. That, in summary, was the position of the Belgian Data Protection Authority (BDPA) in a decision of 9 November 2020 of its Litigation Chamber following a complaint by an individual against its employer, a Belgian hospital. 

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EIOPA outlines approach on product oversight and governance

EIOPA outlines approach on product oversight and governance
18/11/2020

EIOPA published a paper on its approach to product oversight and governance requirements for insurance distributors and manufacturers

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