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Big Tech's personal data hoard raises EU antitrust, privacy concerns

By Matthew Newman
  • 18 May 2020 06:03
  • 18 May 2020 18:41

Big Tech’s concentration of personal data could be a concern for both competition and data-protection authorities as consumers struggle to access privacy-enhancing options, a European Commission official has said.

Christian D'Cunha, who works in the commission’s digital privacy unit, said the tech industry’s business model — based on accumulating, processing and

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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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