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Comment: Meta antitrust case leads EU court to give competition watchdogs power to invoke privacy rules

By Matthew Newman
  • 04 Jul 2023 17:04
  • 04 Jul 2023 17:04
European competition authorities may increasingly invoke data protection rules in antitrust probes, after the EU’s highest court said today that personal data is essential to the digital economy and can be a factor in companies’ market dominance.
The European Court of Justice ruled today that Germany’s competition watchdog has the

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Matthew Newman

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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.

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