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France to vote on whether to introduce Covid-19 contact-tracing app after lockdown lifts

By Arezki Yaïche and Matthew Newman
  • 21 Apr 2020 07:13
  • 21 Apr 2020 07:13
France's plans to roll out a contact-tracing app that will help the government ease its strict Covid-19 confinement rules will head for a vote in the French parliament next week, MLex has learned.
Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has been under mounting pressure from political groups, including his own majority, to hold

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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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