European Data Watch Dog Prevails Over Facebook In Initial EU-US Data Transfer Ruling

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  • Facebook Inc (NASDAQ: FB) lost a lawsuit over an initial order from the Irish Data Protection Commission’s threatening of the transfers of users’ data across the Atlantic, Bloomberg reports.

  • The finalization of the order could lead to the suspension of the transfer of E.U. users’ personal information to Facebook’s U.S. servers, the Wall Street Journal reports.

  • Facebook has time till mid-September to file its response.

  • The dispute was triggered partly by the E.U.’s Court of Justice’s elimination of the EU-approved trans-Atlantic transfer tool, a Privacy Shield over citizens’ data safety concerns following U.S. shipment.

  • The Irish authority also disallowed Facebook from using an alternative tool, known as standard contractual clauses for satisfying privacy rules following U.S. data shipment.

  • Privacy campaigner Max Schrems has been complaining to the Irish watchdog against the safety of Facebook’s data transfers.

  • The ruling will impact Facebook along with its users and other businesses, stated the social media company.

  • Facebook acknowledged compliance with the European rules and appropriate data safeguards.

  • The data transfer argument dates back to 2013 when former contractor Edward Snowden exposed the U.S. National Security Agency spying activities.

  • The E.U. reinforced strict data protection rules with the 2018 General Data Protection Regulation.

  • Price action: FB shares traded higher by 3.66% at $316.4 on the last check Friday.

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