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EU countries mustn't block entry to citizens refusing Covid-19 tracing apps, justice chief says

By Matthew Newman
  • 14 May 2020 09:16
  • 14 May 2020 09:38
EU governments mustn't stop citizens of the bloc entering their countries for not having a Covid-19 contact-tracing app, the bloc's justice commissioner said today.
With governments set to gradually lift cross-border travel restrictions in coming weeks, EU legislators have expressed concern that authorities will seek to use contact-tracing apps as

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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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