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International data-flow talks progress by 'baby steps,' but EU remains committed

By Matthew Newman
  • 28 Jun 2021 12:17
  • 28 Jun 2021 15:13
International talks on data flows are taking “baby steps,” with various countries making only slow progress to finding common ground, a European Commission official said today, while pledging to persevere with the “laborious” process.

Silvia Viceconte, from the commission’s digital department, said the discussions are focused on finding “commonalities” in how

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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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