Facebook launches legal action against Irish watchdog over data transfers


(Reuters) – Facebook Inc launched legal action on Friday against Ireland’s Data Protection Commission in an attempt to halt a proposed order that could stop the company from transferring data from the European Union to the United States.
The U.S. social media giant urged regulators “to adopt a pragmatic and proportionate approach until a sustainable long-term solution can be reached,” a company representative said in a statement.
The Irish commission, Facebook’s lead regulator in the EU, had commenced an inquiry into the company controlled EU-U.S. data transfers.
It also suggested that a key mechanism used by the company for transatlantic data transfers cannot in practice be used for EU-U.S. data transfers, Facebook said on Wednesday.
Facebook had said that it believed the mechanism, Standard Contractual Clauses (SCCs), had been deemed valid by the Court …

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