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EU push for tech standards 'protectionism' is a mistake, former commissioner Ansip warns

Attempts to protect European companies from competition by imposing technology standards risk “creating a mess” for the free market, former EU digital single market commissioner Andrus Ansip warned today.
Ansip, now a lawmaker in the European Parliament's center-right Renew Europe political group, said that standard setting, particularly for cybersecurity, has to

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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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