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Online platforms face EU queries on whether 'upgrade' in liability rules is needed

By Matthew Newman
  • 27 May 2020 12:49
  • 27 May 2020 12:49
Regulators plan to ask companies how 20-year-old EU rules that protect online platforms from liability for users’ illegal activities on their services should be “upgraded” to keep pace with how social media, search engines and online marketplaces function today.

The legal framework for digital services in the internal market was set in the

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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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