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Facebook loses Italian case on unfair practices in data handling, 'free' service claims

By Giulia Bedini and Matthew Newman
  • 08 Apr 2021 10:54
  • 08 Apr 2021 10:54
Facebook broke Italian consumer protection law by illegally enticing people to use its platform for social media services, but failing to tell them the “free” services were paid by monetizing their personal data, an Italian court said, siding with the country’s antitrust authority.

In a ruling last week rejecting an appeal

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Matthew Newman

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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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