Overview

Justine Van den Bon focuses on Belgian business law, as well as all aspects of Belgian and EU competition law. Justine also advises on data protection law.
 
Prior to joining Van Bael & Bellis, Justine worked as an associate in a boutique law firm based in Brussels focusing on European Law.

Languages

Dutch, English, French

Education

  • College of Europe, Bruges, LL.M. in European Legal Studies, cum laude, 2016 
  • University of Leuven, Master of Laws, cum laude, 2015

Bar Admission

Brussels

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    • 25/03/2021
    • Articles

    Belgian DPA Prohibits Use of Unlawfully Obtained Personal Data in Arbitration Proceedings

    The Litigation Chamber of the Belgian Data Protection Authority prohibited a controller from passing on personal data obtained in breach of data protection rules to its legal counsel. The Litigation Chamber did not issue a fine, but the decision serves as a clear message that further processing of such unlawfully obtained personal data, even in the context of legal proceedings, is prohibited. Please click below for a Client Alert on this decision.

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    • 10/02/2021
    • News

    'Pink Boxes' for Parents-to-be Fined by Belgian DPA

    The Belgian Data Protection Authority imposed a fine of EUR 50,000 on the marketing company Family Service, which distributes “pink boxes” – well known by mothers and fathers-to-be in Belgium – for various breaches of the GDPR. Not only did the company rent out and/or sell the data of more than one million customers, including the data of children, for commercial purposes without informing its customers in a clear and comprehensible manner. The company also transferred these personal data to its business partner without obtaining a freely given, specific and informed consent. The Data Protection Authority considers the decision to be a warning to data brokers that rent or sell personal data under similar business models without proper compliance with the GDPR.

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    • 27/01/2021
    • Articles

    European Commission’s draft Standard Contractual Clauses Jointly Commented on by EDPB and EDPS

    The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) and European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) commented on the European Commission’s draft standard contractual clauses (SCCs) for the transfer of data to third countries (the Transfer SCCs), and between data controllers and data processors (the Processor SCCs). The Transfer SCCs would replace the three current sets of transfer SCCs, which are the main safeguards used to transfer personal data to third countries outside the EU/EEA. By contrast, there are currently no EU-wide template SCCs for contracts between controllers and processors. Overall, the EDPB and EDPS welcome both sets of SCCs. The Transfer SCCs present a reinforced level of protection for data subjects, while the Processor SCCs will help to ensure full harmonisation and legal certainty across the EU for contracts between controllers and their processors. Nevertheless, the EDPB and EDPS request the Commission to make some amendments and include further clarifications in the final text of the SCCs. Please click below for a short note on the joint opinions of the EDPB and EDPS.

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