• Chethan Machaknur

Facebook told it may have to suspend EU data transfers after Schrems II ruling


Ireland’s data protection watchdog, the DPC, has sent Facebook  a preliminary order to suspend data transfers from the EU to the US,


The preliminary suspension order follows a landmark ruling by Europe’s top court this summer which both struck down a flagship data transfer arrangement between the EU and the US and cast doubt on the legality of an alternative transfer mechanism (aka SCCs) — certainly in cases where data is flowing to a non-EU entity that falls under US surveillance law. 


“The Irish Data Protection Commission has commenced an inquiry into Facebook controlled EU-US data transfers, and has suggested that SCCs cannot in practice be used for EU-US data transfers,” Facebook’s VP of global affairs, Nick Clegg writes “While this approach is subject to further process, if followed, it could have a far reaching effect on businesses that rely on SCCs and on the online services many people and businesses rely on.”

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