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Meta cannot use GDPR ‘contract’ legal basis, EU regulators rule

By Sam Clark and Matthew Newman
  • 09 Dec 2022 16:34
  • 09 Dec 2022 18:22
Meta Platforms faces a squeeze on its business model after EU data protection regulators ruled that it was not contractually necessary for it to target ads at its users, with another investigation to come that may force it to rely on seeking consent from its users to process their data. 

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Sam Clark

Correspondent


Sam has covered data privacy and security in the UK and Ireland for MLex since November 2021. He previously covered data protection for trade publication Global Data Review, as well as reporting on technology, media and telecoms businesses for S&P Global. He has a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in journalism, both from the University of Kent.

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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