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Internet platforms face break-up as 'last resort' under proposed EU rules

By Matthew Newman
  • 25 Nov 2020 11:43
  • 25 Nov 2020 11:43

Large Internet companies could be broken up as a “last resort” if they fail to abide by obligations under upcoming EU rules that aim to curb the power of “gatekeeping” platforms, the bloc's internal market commissioner Thierry Breton said today.

The European Commission could order the “structural separation” of companies if

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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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