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EU governments using contact-tracing apps must avoid 'mass surveillance'

By Matthew Newman
  • 10 Apr 2020 08:16
  • 10 Apr 2020 08:55
EU governments that want to deploy a mobile app to alert users that they have been in contact with someone infected with Covid-19 must ensure that fundamental rights are respected and that the technology isn’t used for “mass surveillance,” the European Commission has said in a draft recommendation seen by MLex.

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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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