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The ban on Facebook data transfer between the EU and the US is coming to a close

The ban on Facebook data transfer between the EU and the US is coming to a close

The Irish Data Protection Commissioner is moving forward with a possible ban on data transfer from the EU to the US on Facebook and Instagram.

Alain Dixon’s office is now sending its decision to other European data regulators, who will have a month to submit views or objections.

The move could mean disruption for the world’s largest social media platform, which relies mostly on online advertising for revenue.

Facebook and Instagram’s parent company Meta has previously stated that services may not be able to operate with such restrictions in the EU.

The decision does not immediately affect WhatsApp or other companies outside Meta.

The potential ban comes as the EU and US are negotiating a legal mechanism for data transfer between the two regions.

In 2020, the European Court of Justice ruled that a previous transfer agreement, called the ‘Privacy Shield’, was insufficient to protect the privacy rights of EU citizens in the US. The court said that improper surveillance in the US remains an unacceptable obstacle and that Ireland’s data protection commissioner has an obligation to enforce the rights of European citizens.

A spokesperson for META in Ireland said the company expects the current transatlantic talks to take effect soon after the data regulator’s decision.

“This draft decision, which is subject to review by European data protection authorities, relates to a conflict of EU and US law that is in the process of being resolved,” said a META spokesperson. “We welcome the EU-US agreement for a new legal framework that will allow for the continuous transfer of data across borders, and we hope that this framework will allow us to keep families, communities and economies connected.”

The company’s president of global affairs, Nick Clegg, recently called a future ban on data transfer between the EU and the US harmful to thousands of European businesses and disruptive to health and education institutions that switch to online platforms for everyday work. are dependent.

Earlier this year, the company reiterated its claim that it may not be able to continue its services in Europe.

“If we are unable to transfer data between the countries and territories in which we operate, or if we are prohibited from sharing data between our products and services, this may affect our ability to provide our services. The way we provide our services is our ability to target services or advertisements,” it said in a disclosure to US officials.

“With no political or judicial breakthrough on this matter, we will be unable to offer many of our most important products and services in Europe, including Facebook and Instagram”, it added.

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