Facebook starts legal action against Irish watchdog

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NEW YORK: Facebook has started legal action against Ireland’s Data Protection Commission in a bid to halt a proposed order that could stop the company from transferring data from the European Union to the United States.

A company representative said in a statement today, the US social media giant urged regulators “to adopt a pragmatic and proportionate approach until a sustainable long-term solution can be reached.”

The Irish commission, Facebook’s lead regulator in the EU, had commenced an inquiry into the company controlled EU-US data transfers.

It also recommended that a key mechanism used by the company for transatlantic data transfers cannot in practice be used for EU-US data transfers, Facebook said.

Facebook said that it believed the mechanism, Standard Contractual Clauses (SCCs), had been deemed valid by the Court of Justice of the European Union in July.

Earlier, the European Union (EU) Commission had urged Facebook, Google, Twitter, and other tech rivals to take more effective action against fake news.

The companies signed up to the code in 2018 in a bid to stave off more heavy-handed regulation.

Microsoft and TikTok subsequently joined the group. However, there are several lapses in the code following an assessment of its first year in operation, the commission said.

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