Facebook takes legal action against Irish regulator on data transfers

A visitor enters the Facebook European headquarters in Dublin, Ireland.

Chris Ratcliffe | Bloomberg | Getty Images

LONDON — Facebook on Friday launched legal action against Ireland’s data regulator, in an attempt to halt a preliminary order that could stop the company from transferring user data from the European Union to the U.S.

The social media giant has applied to seek judicial review of the approach used by Ireland’s Data Protection Commission on the grounds it was premature for the IDPC to have reached a preliminary conclusion at this stage. 

“A lack of safe, secure and legal international data transfers would have damaging consequences for the European economy,” a Facebook spokesperson told CNBC via email. “We urge regulators to adopt a pragmatic and proportionate approach until a sustainable long-term solution can be reached.”

The reported IDPC order came just a few months after the European Court of Justice ruled the data transfer standard between the EU and the U.S. doesn’t adequately protect European citizen’s privacy.

The court, the EU’s highest legal authority, restricted how U.S. firms could send European user data to the U.S. after concluding EU citizens had no effective way to challenge American government surveillance.

U.S. agencies such as the NSA can theoretically ask internet companies like Facebook and Google to hand over data on an EU citizen and that EU citizen would be none-the-wiser.

Source link




CBD from Marijuana Doesn’t Impair Driving

Gallup: "14% of Americans Say They Use CBD Products," Aug. 7,...

2020 Mazda CX-30 Vs 2020 Buick Encore GX Comparison Test

Mazda CX-30 Full OverviewThese baby SUVs are very often based on budget-car platforms. Often, they're really just cars masquerading as SUVs; we're looking...

Vroom, Shift, Sonos, Poshmark & more

Take a look at some of the biggest movers in the premarket:Vroom (VRM) – Vroom stock jumped 11% in the premarket after it...

Biden Energy secretary pick Jennifer Granholm has past ties to utilities, chemical companies

President-elect Joe Biden's expected pick for Energy secretary has ties to several influential political donors, including companies from an industry she may have...

Home Depot (HD) Q3 2020 earnings

A customer wears a protective mask while unloading purchases off a cart outside a Home Depot Inc. store in Reston, Virginia, on Thursday,...