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EU's 'data sovereignty' plan doesn't imply a hard border, EDPS chief says

By Matthew Newman
  • 13 Mar 2020 04:01
  • 12 Mar 2020 12:42

The EU’s principle of “data sovereignty” — creating a single market for data to boost EU companies’ access to industrial and personal data — differs starkly from “data localization” rules that restrict data storage to within a nation’s borders, the head of the data-protection authority for EU bodies has said.

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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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