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Orange România's ID request isn't 'freely given' consent for data, EU legal opinion says

By Matthew Newman
  • 04 Mar 2020 05:54
  • 04 Mar 2020 07:36

Customers of Orange România haven’t provided “freely given” consent under EU data-protection rules to the copying and storage of their identification cards unless they are told of the consequences of refusing to provide this consent, according to an opinion prepared for the EU’s top court today.

At issue is the criteria

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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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