Meta still allowed to continue data transfers outside the EU – ICT news

A proposal from the Irish privacy controller to block the use of default clauses about sending personal data to the United States seems to have been postponed sine die. This means that companies like Meta will still be able to do so for some time.

Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) announces in a statement to Politico that other European privacy supervisors have raised objections to its proposal, which means it will face a serious delay before it can be executed.

What is it about?

The DPC announced in July that it wanted to curb the use of default clauses by Meta. These default clauses are used to be able to ship to the United States for the purpose of processing personal data of EU citizens. This is prohibited under European privacy rules, and this has again been confirmed by a judgment of the European Court of Justice. In 2020, the Court had indeed considered that the transfer of data between the European Union (EU) and the United States involved great risks. This is how this data could be exposed to surveillance by US authorities.

Meta then threatened to completely paralyze its activities in the EU, in case it could no longer transfer data to the United States, but this has not yet happened. The DPC’s decision still needs to be approved by other privacy supervisors in EU countries. But this process is now lagging behind. The Irish DPC is responsible for controls on Facebook, because the tech giant (like many other such giants) has its European headquarters in Ireland.

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Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) announces in a statement to Politico that other European privacy supervisors have raised objections to its proposal, which means it will face a serious delay before it can be executed. DPC announced in July that it wanted to restrict the use of default clauses by Meta. These default clauses are used to be able to ship to the United States for the purpose of processing personal data of EU citizens. This is prohibited under European privacy rules, and this has again been confirmed by a judgment of the European Court of Justice. In 2020, the Court had indeed considered that the transfer of data between the European Union (EU) and the United States involved great risks. This is how this data could be exposed to the surveillance of US authorities. Meta then threatened to completely paralyze its activities in the EU, in case it could no longer transfer data to the United States, but such did not not yet been the case. The DPC’s decision still needs to be approved by other privacy supervisors in EU countries. But this process is now lagging behind. The Irish DPC is responsible for controls on Facebook, because the tech giant (like many other such giants) has its European headquarters in Ireland. In collaboration with Dutch IT Channel

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