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Justice Minister Judit Varga on Friday met Thierry Breton, the European Commissioner for the Internal Market, to discuss the Hungarian government’s work on the transparency of tech giants, and will meet executives of Google in the near future to discuss the same.

Varga said on Facebook that bringing tech giants to comply with national regulations and to operate transparently was an issue “everyone in the world” was interested in.

Hungary’s Digital Freedom Committee “has already made resolute actions to prepare the establishment of an EU-wide regulation”, Varga said. She briefed Breton on the Hungarian developments, who praised the measures and “also asked for our patience before submitting a Hungarian law,” Varga said.

Justice Minister: Tech Firms 'Violate Democratic Norms'
Justice Minister: Tech Firms 'Violate Democratic Norms'

Hungary’s Justice minister Judit Varga has called an extraordinary meeting of the Digital Freedom Committee tasked with monitoring online space over what she says are violations of democratic norms by tech giants. In an English-language post on Facebook on Monday, Judit Varga said tech firms were violating “all those fundamental democratic legal norms that form […]Continue reading

The government wants to make tech giants’ operations “legal, transparent and controllable … nothing more than what applies to other companies and small businesses too,” Varga said.

Varga will therefore accept the invitation of Google executives to a meeting, and “initiate similar consultations with the leaders of Facebook and other technology giants,” she said.

Featured photo via Judit Varga’s Facebook page