Eire asks Fb to cease sending EU consumer knowledge to the US
The Irish Knowledge Safety Fee has requested Fb to halt transferring consumer knowledge from the EU to the US. A preliminary order was despatched in late August, The Wall Road Journal reported Wednesday citing unnamed sources. Fb confirmed the Irish DPC has begun an inquiry into its knowledge transfers from the EU to the US.
It follows aas a result of the EU has stricter privateness legal guidelines than the US — and since america authorities could possibly be gathering EU residents’ knowledge underneath its surveillance legal guidelines. This can be a main privateness concern for EU corporations and residents.
The choice by the Courtroom of Justice of the European Union invalidated the EU-US Privateness Protect, which permitted corporations to ship EU residents’ knowledge to the US. Following this resolution, Fb has been “setting out our place on safe the long-term stability of worldwide knowledge transfers,” in keeping with Nick Clegg, Fb VP of International Affairs and Communications.
“A scarcity of protected, safe and authorized worldwide knowledge transfers would harm the economic system and hamper the expansion of data-driven companies within the EU, simply as we search a restoration from,” Clegg mentioned in a privateness assertion Wednesday. He mentioned it may imply tech corporations, hospitals and universities in Europe can’t use US cloud suppliers or name facilities exterior of the EU. “The results would attain past the enterprise world, and will influence important public providers resembling well being and training.”
The Irish DPC declined to remark.
The EU courtroom’s resolution got here after Austrian privateness activist Maximilian Schrems argued towards the Privateness Protect in 2019, arguing that his Fb knowledge was being transferred to the US the place authorities surveillance packages may entry it.
US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross in July mentioned he was “deeply disillusioned” with the choice.
“Knowledge flows are important not simply to tech corporations, however to companies of all sizes in each sector,” Ross mentioned. “As our economies proceed their post-COVID-19 restoration, it’s important that corporations — together with the 5,300-plus present Privateness Protect individuals — have the ability to switch knowledge with out interruption, in keeping with the robust protections provided by Privateness Protect.”
Schrems additionally efficiently challenged the Secure Harbor framework again in 2015.