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Irish privacy watchdog refers Facebook’s U.S. data transfers to EU court

Brussels / DUBLIN (Reuters) -. Data transfer to the US by companies such as Facebook and Google to face a renewed legal threat after the Irish priv...

 

Irish privacy watchdog refers Facebook's U.S. data transfers to EU court

Brussels / DUBLIN (Reuters) -. Data transfer to the US by companies such as Facebook and Google to face a renewed legal threat after the Irish privacy watchdog said yesterday that Facebook will pay the data transfer mechanisms to the top EU court

The following step an Irish investigation of Facebook users EU transfer of data to the United States to ensure that properly protect privacy against surveillance US government.

Facebook, like many other technology companies, has its European headquarters in Dublin and is regulated by the Irish Data Protection Commissioner (IDPC).

The IDPC said they will ask the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) to determine the validity of Facebook’s “model contracts”. – General legal regulations that are used by thousands of companies to transfer personal data outside the 28-nation EU

The investigation into the California-based company is provided by the Irish High Court in October to the CJEU affected Safe Harbor , an EU-US agreement that has allowed the free transfer of information between the European Union and the United States. The CJEU decided the agreement does not protect enough information Europeans against US supervision.

The transfer of Europeans to the United States has been a hot topic since 2013 revelations about mass US surveillance programs like PRISM, which US authorities private information directly from a large technology companies like Apple harvest, Facebook and Google .

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Since the CJEU ruling, companies had to rely on model contracts and other more cumbersome steps to transfer data Europeans to the United States in accordance with strict EU rules data privacy .

“Thousands of companies to transfer data across borders to serve their customers and users,” said a spokesman for Facebook. “Demand Irish DPC plan to gather with the judge in connection with standard contractual clauses will be many companies that are involved in Europe,” she said, adding that Facebook has a number of legal ways of data to the United States.

The CJEU decision in October stemmed from a complaint by Austrian regstudent and privacy activist Max Schrems. He questioned the data of European users to transfer its US servers of Facebook, with regard to the risks of American espionage.

“We have yesterday informed Mr. Schrems and Facebook our intention explanatory relief looking Ina Irish Supreme Court and a reference to the CJEU to determine Thea legala status transfers data under standard contractual clauses,” the IDPC.

One of the reasons why the ECJ struck Safe Haven is because the agreement, EU citizens provides enough channels to complain about American surveillance.

Schrems and other privacy campaign claims that alternative arrangements such model clauses Europeans either do not offer a means of correction.

“There is no way that the CJEU can say that model contracts are valid if they Safe Harbor killed on the basis of the existence of the US surveillance laws,” Schrems said in a statement.

After the CJEU decision in October, the EU Commission and the United States rushed to hash out a new data-sharing agreement, the privacy shield, which they hope as soon as possible by the end-June.

But EU privacy watchdogs have raised some concerns about the course, raises the fear that it can not withstand a court challenge.

“If the court decides that the standard contractual provision can not be trusted and that the transfer of personal information they need to facilitate stopped, the impact on the international business will be catastrophic,” said Oliver Yaros, an attorney Mayer Brown.

(Editing by Susan Fenton and David Clarke)