Ireland’s Data Protection Commission told its European colleagues on Thursday that it would prevent data from European users of Meta, Facebook’s parent company, from being transferred to the United States, it reported. Politico. The Irish regulator’s draft decision could put an end to years of judicial negotiations between the US tech giant and European data protection organizations.
Meta has repeatedly warned that such a decision could lead to the closure of many services available in Europe, including Facebook and Instagram.
In July 2020, the Court of Justice of the European Union nullified an agreement between the European Union and the United States called the Privacy Shield, which allows the transfer of personal data, due to concerns about US surveillance practices.
In its decision, it also made it difficult to use the so-called Standard Contractual Clauses (SCC), a legal tool used by Meta and many other companies to transfer personal data of European users to the United States. Under the decision, Facebook will have to abandon the SCC.
The European Union and the United States are currently negotiating a new data transmission regulation that would allow companies like Meta to continue sending data across the Atlantic regardless of the Irish system. A final agreement is unlikely before the end of the year as negotiations over the exact legal terms have stalled.
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