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Facebook asked for metadata on users in EU's Covid-19 fight, Breton says

By Matthew Newman
  • 19 Mar 2020 10:56
  • 19 Mar 2020 10:56
Facebook has been asked if it could provide anonymized metadata on its users to help Europe’s effort to limit the Covid-19 outbreak, the EU’s internal market commissioner said today.

“We need to work with our own data centers, our research centers, AI teams, to see how we could in an anonymized way, get

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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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