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Comment: Meta is running out of options for a GDPR legal basis to process data

By Sam Clark and Matthew Newman
  • 23 Sep 2022 10:15
  • 23 Sep 2022 10:15
A legalistic and technical aspect of the EU’s landmark privacy law may become a key weapon in enforcers’ fight to tame the data-driven power of Big Tech — with Meta Platforms the first in the firing line.

Meta, which owns services including Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, has become one of the world’s largest

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Sam Clark


Sam has covered data privacy and security in the UK and Ireland for MLex since November 2021. He previously covered data protection for trade publication Global Data Review, as well as reporting on technology, media and telecoms businesses for S&P Global. He has a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in journalism, both from the University of Kent.

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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