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Florian joined our firm in 2015.
He is a member of the
Technology & Communications and Intellectual Property practice groups as well as of the Corporate and M&A practice.
Florian graduated from the University of Ghent in 2013. He obtained an additional LLM in Intellectual Property & the Digital Economy at the University of Glasgow, where he was awarded the ‘Cloch Prize’ for his accomplishments in IP and TMT law.
He interned at several international tier one IP law firms in India, Scotland and Luxembourg before joining Verhaegen Walravens.
He works in Dutch, French and English.
, member of our Florian De Rouck TMT / IP team team, participated to the Belgian trade mission focusing on IT, IP & Law in India from 25 to 31 March. The trade mission was organized by Brussels Invest & Expert (BIE). Florian spoke in Bangalore, Hyderabad & Chennai (known as India’s IT hub) on GDPR and its implications for Indian firms.
Indian companies are taking a particular interest in the EU practices in adopting the GDPR which is crucial for their EU clients, especially as the Indian government is also preparing a revised Indian data protection act with reinforced and new obligations similar to the EU regulation.
We are excited to deepen our relations in the fast-evolving Indian IT market, which has proven to be an excellent partner for EU firms in relation to a number of services.
As a first step in Belgium’s privacy reform, a new law was published today setting up a Belgian Data Protection Authority (replacing the current Belgian Privacy Commission) in anticipation of the future applicability of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). With this law, the Belgian Data Protection Authority acquires substantial investigative and judiciary powers, as well as new bodies which will be able to impose the sanctions introduced under the GDPR.
While the GDPR will provide for a greater degree of harmonization than the current regime , there are approximately 50 possibilities for Member States exceptions, additional requirements or specifications to the GDPR (e.g. in terms of processing of HR data, minimum age of children for consent, situations where a DPO is mandatory). These will be the subject of a separate piece of legislation, for which no draft is currently available.
Emmanuel Szafran and Florian De Rouck going in depth on GDPR implementation with Verhaegen Walravens’ partner Approach during a lunch seminar. Our strong legal expertise in personal data protection and GDPR compliance combined with Approach cyber security and risk management expertise makes it a unique value proposition for our clients.
Verhaegen Walravens has been referenced in Tibbie McIntyre ‘s Conference Report – ‘ Moral Rights and New Technologies: Authorship, Attribution and Integrity in a Digital World‘, posted on today’s 1709 blog in relation to authorship and new technologies:
“Florian De Rouck from Verhaegen Walraevens, discussed artificial intelligence. He presented on the moral rights repercussions regarding artificial intelligence, from the 1960’s software Aaron to the cutting edge Google Magenta project, which is designed to ‘advance the state of the art in machine intelligence for music and art generation’. As it develops to greater and greater complexity, artificial intelligence will surely destabilise our current understanding of the concept of the author and the creative product.”
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Verhaegen Walravens co-sponsored Flagey and Marie-Jo Lafontaine’s newest film “Brussels Swings ! A Road Movie of Sound”. The inaugural private viewing of the film at Flagey on April 26 was a huge success and received highly positive acclaim.
For more information, see http://www.flagey.be
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