Facebook given record $1.3bn fine, given 5 months to stop EU-US data flows

Facebook given record $1.3bn fine, given 5 months to stop EU-US data flows

The fine imposed by Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) concerned Meta’s continued transferring of personal data topped the previous €746m record EU privacy fine by Luxembourg on Amazon.com Inc in 2021, according to a DPC statement on Monday.

Meta said in a statement that it will appeal the ruling, including the “unjustified and unnecessary fine”, and seek a stay of the orders through the courts.

The long-running battle over where Facebook stores its data began a decade ago after Austrian privacy campaigner Max Schrems brought a legal challenge over the risk of US snooping in light of disclosures by former US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.

Meta said last month it expected a new pact facilitating the safe transfer of EU citizens’ personal data to the US would be fully implemented before it has to suspend transfers.

That would mean its previous warning that a stoppage could force it to suspend Facebook services in Europe would not come to pass.

Officials have said the new data protection framework — agreed by the European Union and US government in March 2022 — may be ready by July, but Meta also cautioned that there is a chance it might not be ready in time.


Original Story by www.sowetanlive.co.za


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