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Telecom, tech companies look to Portugal to advance e-privacy talks as Germany admits stalemate

By Matthew Newman
  • 07 Dec 2020 07:55
  • 07 Dec 2020 11:57
Vodafone, Telefónica, Facebook, Google and other telecom and tech companies will face continued uncertainty next year over EU rules to regulate communication networks and consent for website cookies, as responsibility for chairing government negotiations passes from Germany to Portugal.

German officials handed over the e-privacy file to their Portuguese counterparts toda

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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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