Kennedy Van der Laan is a leading firm in matters of privacy and the protection of personal data. Examples of cases we have handled are the identification of airline passengers by means of an iris scan system or the introduction of a worldwide HRM or CRM system in a multinational company.
Privacy: A Variety of Services
The Privacy team of Kennedy Van der Laan supports Dutch and international companies as well as government bodies in matters concerning (EU) privacy legislation. The privacy portfolio of Kennedy Van der Laan is not only extensive, but also covers a variety of sectors: from financial institutions to e- marketeers, from housing associations to internet service providers , from international airports to pharmacies.
Compliance and Enforcement
The Privacy team also advises on the impact of privacy in large administrative projects and on the full implementation of privacy compliance in businesses and organizations. In addition, the team provides support in investigations and enforcement procedures of the Dutch supervisory authorities AP and ACM.
The Privacy team regularly publishes in professional journals, newspapers and in our newsletter. Read all articles on privacy under the tab ‘Articles’.
Chambers Europe 2017 – TMT – Band 1
What the team is known for Outstanding practice covering all aspects of IT, outsourcing, media and data protection. Also handles IT litigation, e-commerce, licensing and litigation. The media practice is particularly experienced in defamation, copyright and internet litigation. Recently the team has acted for several high-profile new clients, including Facebook and Vice Media.
Strengths One client considers the team to be “the best on media law in Holland” and describes the lawyers as “dedicated and specific.”
Another client says the firm “understands the IT business and is familiar with the most recent IT developments.” The same source praises the “great team spirit within the law firm” as well as its “hands-on mentality,” which makes the team “very easy to work with.”
Work highlights Advised on complex IT integration issues relating to the merger of Ahold and Delhaize.
Defended Ziggo in three separate proceedings regarding requests for user data and information take-down requests.
Significant clients Siemens, ABN AMRO, Persgroep, Telegraaf Media Group, Viacom
- Hester De Vries (Band 1)
- Joost Linnemann (Band 2)
- Jens van den Brink (Band 1)
- Christien Wildeman (Band 3)
- Patrick Wit (Band 2)
Clients say Hester De Vries is “super at translating our demands into practical advice on data protection regulations and is really fantastic at converting thoughts into practical choices.” She is a renowned data protection specialist and advises clients from the healthcare and finance sectors.
Joost Linnemann advises on a range of technology and IT matters including outsourcing, software and IT-related litigation. Clients praise his “good knowledge, positive attitude and likeable character.”
Jens van den Brink acts for a mixture of broadcasters, newspapers and other media outlets, with a particular focus on contentious issues and defamation cases. He acted for NRC Media on a case against Ben Bot, a former Minister of Foreign Affairs. According to clients, he is “a very good adviser who pinpoints specific details in a question and is very quick and clear on communication.”
Clients value Christien Wildeman‘s specialist knowledge with regard to media law and her “ability to handle high-pressure cases.” Recently active in contentious work, she handled various litigation matters for national newspapers including de Volkskrant and Het Parool.
Patrick Wit is praised by one client for his “quick in-depth analysis which helps me understand what I’ve missed.” He is primarily concerned with outsourcing deals, including transactional mandates. He advised VNAB on rules for an IT solution to be employed in the insurance sector.
Chambers Europe 2016 – TMT – Band 1
What the team is known for Highly regarded for media, IT and outsourcing expertise, with growing strength in litigation and high-profile recent work regarding financial technology, media regulation and freedom of speech. Also noted for experience in privacy, defamation, e-commerce and licensing.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
“Kennedy Van der Laan has a good team. It provides a really complete approach – it went beyond the purely professional realm. I think on the whole the co-operation with the firm was excellent.”
“The lawyers have in-depth knowledge of the market and applicable laws, but are very good at keeping things simple for non-lawyers. I was very impressed by the quality and speed of their service.”
Work highlights Represented Telegraaf Media Group in a dispute against the NPO regarding whether data is protected by IP rights and the publication of that data.
Acted for KRO-NCRV on proceedings against Ryanair concerning broadcasts that criticised Ryanair’s safety culture.
Hester De Vries specialises in data protection and privacy. Clients value her as a “sparring partner in showing us all scenarios and strategic routes.” She advised Vereniging van Zorgaanbieders voor Zorgcommunicatie on a dispute relating to its national electronic patient data exchange.
Jens van den Brink has been especially active recently in handling defamation and copyright disputes for broadcasters and newspapers. Clients say he is “very good, he knows what he is talking about and he always reacts very promptly.” He advised UPC Nederland on a dispute in which a German rights holder organisation was seeking to disclose the identity of UPC subscribers who had exchanged pirated movies.
Joost Linnemann is a strong IT and technology litigator and also advises on outsourcing and other IT projects, particularly regarding software. He has been recently active in the finance and healthcare sector. Clients value that he is “very knowledgeable and detail-focused.” He acted for Alert Life Sciences Computing on a dispute concerning the alleged failure to develop and implement electronic healthcare software.
Patrick Wit focuses primarily on outsourcing matters, and is also active in telecoms litigation. Clients appreciate his “great sense of humour and in-depth knowledge on every aspect of IT contracting. He’s very accessible too and very pleasant to work with.” He advised Vereniging Nederlandse Assurantie Beurs on an IT project in the insurance sector.
Christien Wildeman handles media disputes, particularly regarding defamation as it relates to journalists. Clients state that she is “quite sharp. I like working with her, she is always available.”She advised KRO-NCRV and CCCP on a dispute concerning the broadcasting of video recordings made within Media Markt premises.
Significant clients ABN AMRO, De Persgroep, Microsoft, NRC Media, Siemens.
Legal 500 EMEA 2017 – Media and Entertainment – Tier 1
Kennedy Van der Laan’s ‘absolutely first-class’ team excels in defamation cases and internet-related litigation. The department is led by the ‘very service-minded’ Jens van den Brink, who is an ‘excellent litigator’. Christien Wildeman ‘wins unwinnable cases’.
Legal 500 EMEA 2016 – Media and Entertainment – Tier 1
Practice head Jens van den Brink of Kennedy Van der Laan represented Telegraaf Media Group in a high-profile data protection case against NPO, and acted for KRO-NCRV in a successful appeal against an injunction brought by Media Markt regarding a video broadcast.
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