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Covid-19 contact-tracing apps must comply with GDPR, justice chief warns non-EU providers

By Matthew Newman
  • 12 May 2020 10:54
  • 12 May 2020 10:54

Non-EU companies that want to provide Covid-19 contact-tracing apps in the bloc must comply with its strict data-protection rules, particularly on seeking consent from users, the EU’s justice commissioner said today.

The European Commission isn’t against using apps from providers outside the bloc, “but it must be with the same full

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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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