Facebook lost a fight in court Friday with Ireland’s data privacy guard dog over an European Union privacy choice that could bring about the social network being compelled to quit moving data to the US.
The Irish High Court dismissed Facebook’s offered to obstruct a draft choice by the country’s Data Protection Commission to ask into, and request the suspension of, the company’s data streams between the European Union and the US.
Judge David Barniville wrote in his judgment that he closed Facebook “should fizzle on those grounds of challenge and that it is, in this manner, not qualified for any of the reliefs asserted in the procedures.”
The Irish guard dog had dispatched its request a year ago not long after a decision by the EU’s top court reaching down an accord covering EU-US data transfers known as Privacy Shield, saying it didn’t do what’s needed to shield clients from US government cybersnooping.
The Data Protection Commission “welcomes the present judgment,” representative Graham Doyle said.
Facebook said in a proclamation it looked forward “to guarding our consistence” to the commission, “as their starter choice could be harming not exclusively to Facebook, yet additionally to clients and different organizations.”
The court administering is the most recent in a long-running fight among Facebook and Austrian privacy dissident Max Schrems, who documented a grumbling in 2013 about Facebook’s treatment of his data after previous US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden’s disclosures.
Facebook has data centers all throughout the planet and agreeing with the request could mean an exorbitant and complex redo of its activities to guarantee European client data is siloed off from the US. It’s hazy, be that as it may, what sway – assuming any – there would be for Facebook clients.
While the case explicitly targets Facebook, it could have more extensive implications for transoceanic data transfers. That is on the grounds that Ireland’s guard dog is the lead controller for authorizing tough EU privacy rules for some other Silicon Valley tech goliaths that likewise have their European headquarters in Ireland, including Google and Twitter.