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Ryanair faces GDPR complaint from Spanish passenger on facial-recognition technology

By Matthew Newman
  • 27 Jul 2023 16:19
  • 27 Jul 2023 16:19
Ryanair is facing a complaint from a Spanish passenger, who argues that the airline’s policy of using facial recognition technology to verify her identify is a violation of the EU’s data protection rules.
The complaint, filed on the woman's behalf by privacy advocacy group None Of Your Business, or Noyb,

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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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