Facebook’s EU-US data Flows Are Under Threat — That May Spell Trouble For Other Tech Giants

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LONDON — Facebook faces a potential ban on the switch of Europeans' knowledge to the US. That may be a "large blow" to the social networking large, in accordance with specialists, and has severe implications for different giant American tech corporations.

Final week, Eire's Excessive Courtroom dismissed a challenge from Fb over a regulatory inquiry that might result in a ban on the stream of its consumer data from the European Union to the U.S. 

It comes after a landmark ruling from the EU's high court docket invalidated using Privateness Defend, a framework for the transatlantic sharing of information.

The choice was a victory for Max Schrems, an Austrian privateness activist who has taken Fb to process over the way it handles knowledge on European residents. Schrems argued that, in mild of revelations from American whistleblower Edward Snowden, U.S. regulation didn't provide ample safety towards surveillance by public authorities.

In September, Eire's Information Safety Fee despatched Fb a preliminary order to cease utilizing another instrument, often called commonplace contractual clauses, to ship consumer data from the EU to the U.S.

Fb mentioned this measure would threaten its European operations and secured a short lived freeze on the order.

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