Facebook’s transatlantic data ban has been postponed despite a draft decision by the Irish Data Protection Commissioner’s office to impose one.
The Irish regulator says that other European data protection authorities have appealed the Irish authority’s decision and postponed enforcement of the data ban by several months.
The move means a new transatlantic data deal, due for ratification in early 2023, could now replace the Irish office’s current order and allow Facebook and Instagram to continue with data transfers between the EU and the US as usual.
“We have received a number of objections from a small number of data protection authorities in this case,” said Graham Doyle, Deputy Commissioner for the Irish Inspectorate.
“We are currently reviewing the objections and will work with the relevant authorities to try to resolve the issues raised.”
Commissioner Helen Dixon’s office had moved to proceed with the transatlantic ban that would affect data transfers from the EU to the US for the largest platforms of Meta, Facebook and Instagram, but not WhatsApp.
Under EU regulations, your office is required to send a draft decision to other European regulators for feedback and input. The unspecified objections raised could now lead Meta to avoid a transatlantic ban altogether if US and EU authorities proceed as planned with a new transatlantic deal. This deal, agreed in principle earlier this year, aims to introduce new measures to address European courts’ reservations about US authorities’ surveillance of EU citizens’ personal data.
Earlier this year, Meta reiterated its claim that it might not be able to continue its services in Europe if a transatlantic data ban were imposed.
“If we are unable to transfer data between and between countries and regions in which we operate, or if we are prevented from sharing data between our products and services, it could affect our ability to provide our services and.” the way we provide our services, impact services or our ability to serve ads in a targeted manner,” it said in a disclosure to US authorities.
“Unless there is a political or judicial breakthrough on this matter, “we will likely not be able to offer a number of our key products and services, including Facebook and Instagram, in Europe,” she added.
The company’s President of Global Affairs, Nick Clegg, recently described a future ban on EU-US data transfers as damaging to thousands of European companies and disruptive to healthcare and education institutions that rely on online platforms for their day-to-day work .
In 2020, the European Court of Justice ruled that a previous transfer agreement dubbed the “Privacy Shield” was insufficient to protect the privacy rights of EU citizens in the US. The court found that unjustified surveillance in the US remains an unacceptable obstacle and that the Irish Data Protection Commissioner has a duty to enforce the rights of European citizens.
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