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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    • 07/07/2020
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    European Commission Reviews First Two Years of GDPR: A Success Story with Room for Improvement

    On 24 June 2020, the European Commission has published its first report on the General Data Protection Regulation (the GDPR) which has applied in the EU since May 2018. Overall, the Commission considers the GDPR to be a success story, but, at the same time, it identifies certain areas where there is room for improvement and the challenges that lie ahead. In particular, the Commission notes that the efficient and coordinated enforcement of the GDPR among all Member States is of paramount importance. Moreover, the application of the GDPR to new technologies, such as artificial intelligence and blockchain, requires continuous monitoring. According to the Commission, the Covid-19 crisis has proved that the use of new technologies and data protection go hand in hand. Please click below for a note summarising the Commission’s report.

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    • 06/04/2020
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    Belgian DPA Publishes Direct Marketing Recommendation

    In its first general recommendation of 2020, the Belgian Data Protection Authority published useful guidance for direct marketing activities. Direct marketing is marked as a “priority sector” in the recently presented strategic plan of the Data Protection Authority. In this context, the recent recommendation provides welcome clarifications for the challenging task of aligning direct marketing with the protection of personal data. The recommendation discusses the roles of the various players in the direct marketing field, defines key concepts and provides an overview of how the GDPR’s data protection principles can be applied to direct marketing. The Data Protection Authority illustrates its recommendation with practical examples and recent decisions by supervisory authorities in various EU Member States.

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    • 31/03/2020
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    Data Protection Authorities Provide Guidance on Processing of Personal Data in Context of COVID-19 Outbreak

    The outbreak of the new Corona virus COVID-19 has caused various emergencies with novel challenges for many organisations collecting and processing personal data, such as: • Employers monitor employees working from home; request employees and visitors to report risk factors such as travelling or exposure to people with flu-like symptoms; may need to report that an employee is infected with COVID-19 to other employees; • physicians and pharmaceutical companies may wish to use data to investigate new treatments; • authorities enforce lockdown measures by video cameras and tracking phones; and • health authorities need detailed test results and other health data to map virus spreads and keep detailed statistics.

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