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Facebook must face GDPR proceedings in Belgium, EU court rules (update*)

By Matthew Newman
  • 15 Jun 2021 05:28
  • 15 Jun 2021 10:12
Facebook should continue to face data protection proceedings at a Belgian court even though Ireland, where the company has its EU headquarters, has primary jurisdiction under the General Data Protection Regulation, the bloc's top court ruled today.

The EU Court of Justice said the lead data protection authority has a general

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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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