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Comment: As Apple and Google collaborate, governments weigh privacy balance of virus contact tracing

By Matthew Newman
  • 10 Apr 2020 14:49
  • 14 Apr 2020 04:39
With Apple and Google to collaborate on coronavirus tracing smartphone technology, many of the world's governments are weighing the privacy implications of using the ubiquitous gadgets tucked into our pockets to help society emerge from economy-crippling lockdowns.
With 3.5 billion smartphone owners — almost half of the world’s population

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Matthew Newman

Chief Correspondent

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.

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