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Use of Meta Platforms’ tracking technology is unlawful, Austrian data regulator says

By Sam Clark and Matthew Newman
  • 16 Mar 2023 12:13
  • 16 Mar 2023 12:13
A website’s use of Meta Platforms’ tracking technology breached data protection law because it led to EU data being unlawfully transferred to the US, the Austrian data regulator has ruled. 

The website, which is described as being operated by an Austrian media company, but is not named, used Meta’s “pixel” tool, a small

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Sam Clark


Sam has covered data privacy and security in the UK and Ireland for MLex since November 2021. He previously covered data protection for trade publication Global Data Review, as well as reporting on technology, media and telecoms businesses for S&P Global. He has a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in journalism, both from the University of Kent.

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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