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Belgian lawmakers weigh response to EU charges that privacy watchdog lacks independence

By Matthew Newman
  • 14 Jul 2021 10:23
  • 14 Jul 2021 10:23
Belgian lawmakers are considering several ways to address EU charges that the Belgian data protection authority lacks independence, including dismissing all or some of its management board or revamping its structure, MLex has learned.

The turmoil at the regulator was prompted by two directors — Alexandra Jaspar, director of the knowledge center, an

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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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