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Question of targeted ads ban in EU platform regulation sees lawmakers at odds

By Matthew Newman
  • 27 Sep 2021 12:31
  • 27 Sep 2021 12:31
Should EU rules to regulate online platforms include a ban on targeted advertising? The question was enough to cause a clash among EU lawmakers today, with some arguing that a total prohibition would harm small companies and publishers.

Targeted advertising — which privacy advocates argue involves illegal profiling and data harvesting — has

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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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