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Google may face EU pressure to conduct data-protection assessment of Fitbit buy

By Matthew Newman
  • 13 Feb 2020 11:03
  • 13 Feb 2020 11:03

Google is expected to come under pressure to conduct a privacy-impact assessment of its proposed $2.1 billion acquisition of health-tracking company Fitbit following a vote next week by EU data-protection authorities, MLex has learned.

The European Data Protection Board, an umbrella group of the bloc's data-protection authorities meeting on Feb. 18-19, will

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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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