Endgame for Facebook. The US giant expects Ireland’s privacy regulator to issue an order banning it from transferring European user data to servers in the United States. He was reportedly informed at the beginning of August that he was under investigation. It’s the Wall Street Journal who first disclosed this information.
Facebook deplores this likely outcome in a post published last night by lobbying manager Nick Clegg. He declares that he has the firm intention of making resistance.
“A lack of safe, secure and legal international data transfers would hurt the economy and hamper the growth of data-based businesses in the EU”, writes Clegg. “We will continue to transfer data, in accordance with the recent CJEU ruling and until we receive further information. “
The Irish CNIL investigation follows the repeal by the European Court of Justice of the US-EU Privacy Shield agreement last July. The CJEU ruled that the surveillance programs of American intelligence agencies pose a threat to the personal information of Europeans stored in servers in the United States. Originally, it was a complaint from theAustrian lawyer Max Schrems against Facebook which started it all. He logically triumphs today.
Facebook should have a chance to argue its case before the release of the expected order at the end of the year. He could then challenge the judgment in court. It expects in particular a certain legal vagueness, the European Court having despite everything authorized certain contracts stipulating the transfer of data to the United States, on condition of ensuring a high level of protection. But the Irish regulator disputes these exceptions.
The ordinance could have repercussions on other big tech players like Google, Amazon or Microsoft but also thousands of American companies. It would be an upheaval for all of Silicon Valley.