Would my CISO be my DPO?

On 24 May 2017, the Belgian Privacy Commission published a recommendation (04/2017) on the designation of a Data Protection Officer (DPO) by public and private entities when required to do so under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), especially as regards the combination of duties, such as Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) (the “Recommendation”). As … More Would my CISO be my DPO?

Combien de temps dois-je conserver mes documents?

Il n’y a pas de réponse toute faite puisque différents délais peuvent trouver à s’appliquer. En réalité, cela dépend surtout de la nature de ces documents et de l’usage que l’on souhaite en faire. Ainsi par exemple, le Code des sociétés stipule que les « livres et documents sociaux » (par exemple le registre des … More Combien de temps dois-je conserver mes documents?

Developing “innovative” software? Have you considered the new tax deduction?

Not yet? Well, it is worth your while since you could deduct 85 % of your net income derived therefrom. Not only royalties but also indemnity payments and even the sale price. Of course, there are certain conditions to be fulfilled, as set out in the Law of 9 February 2017 introducing a tax deduction … More Developing “innovative” software? Have you considered the new tax deduction?

Email marketing: kind reminder of what you need to consider

As a matter of principle, the use of email “for advertising purposes” (i.e. “any communication with the direct or indirect objective of promoting the sale of products irrespective of the place or means of communication used”) is forbidden without a prior, free, specific and informed consent of the receiver of the email (“opt-in”), pursuant to … More Email marketing: kind reminder of what you need to consider

Greater access to public documents for journalists? Not so fast, my friend

Article 32 of the Constitution guarantees public access to administrative documents as a general rule. Among exceptions to that rule is Article 6 (§2) 2° of the Law of 11 April 1994 on the transparency of the public administration (the “Law”) that allows a relevant public authority to refuse access to a document where disclosure would … More Greater access to public documents for journalists? Not so fast, my friend

When a closed forum on the Darknet is actually a publicly accessible place

On 10 November 2016, the Court of Appeal of Antwerpen condemned an individual for illegally selling and exporting medicines, as evidenced by his presence and behavior on a Darknet forum. On 28 March 2017, the Court of Cassation dismissed the appeal lodged by the latter who argued that the findings collected by the police were … More When a closed forum on the Darknet is actually a publicly accessible place