It is with deep sadness that we have learnt the passing of Giovanni Buttarelli, the European Data Protection Supervisor. Giovanni’s intelligent, creative and visionary approach will have an everlasting impact on the privacy debate in Europe and beyond. Many among us know him personally and will never forget his positive and inspiring dedication. We extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends. We wish them strength in this difficult time.
On 27 and 28 March 2019, pleadings in the Facebook case will take place before the Court of Appeal in Brussels. Facebook appealed against the judgment of 16 February 2018 of the Dutch-speaking Court of First Instance in Brussels. The DPA will argue that Belgian courts are competent and that Facebook should be ordered to respect Belgian and European privacy rules when it processes personal data through its cookies, social plug-ins and pixels.