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Matthew Newman is a chief correspondent for MLex and writes about data protection, privacy, telecoms, cyber security and artificial intelligence. Matthew began his journalism career in 1991 in community newspapers. He worked as a reporter in Riga, Latvia in 1993 and then moved to Chicago where he covered local news. In 1995, he became a personal finance reporter for Dow Jones Newswires, and was then transferred to Brussels in 1999. He specialized in EU regulatory affairs, including trade and telecom issues. He began covering competition for Bloomberg News as an EU court reporter in 2004. In 2010, he was named spokesman for Viviane Reding, the EU’s justice commissioner. In January 2012, he helped launch the commission’s proposal to overall data protection rules.
Matthew began working at MLex in April 2012 and has covered mergers, antitrust and state-aid cases. He spent a year studying French, history and communications in Grenoble, France in 1988 and 1989 and is a graduate of Boston University with degrees in history and journalism. He earned a diploma in competition law from King’s College in 2016.
Selected Insights by Matthew
As many mark the 40th anniversary of the first Data Protection Day, the importance of safeguarding sensitive personal data during the Covid-19 pandemic is top of mind.
WhatsApp’s controversial privacy-policy changes have now drawn the scrutiny of Italian regulators.
Proposals for EU powers to fine “very large” platforms up to 6% of their annual revenue for violating rules on hate speech and the sale of illegal goods will spark a debate.
Proposed EU rules to force Big Tech companies to remove illegal content will establish a complex enforcement structure.
With its weighty fines for Google and Amazon.com, France’s data-protection authority appears to have found a workaround to the GDPR's clunky one-stop shop mechanism.