Facebook launches legal action against Data Protection Commission

Facebook launches legal action against Data Protection Commission
Facebook said the Irish regulator had told them that a mechanism it uses to transfer data from the EU to the US “cannot in practice be used”. File photo

Facebook has launched a High Court challenge against the 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 US 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 commission, Facebook's lead regulator in the EU, had begun an inquiry into the company controlled EU-US data transfers.

It also suggested that a key mechanism used by the company for transatlantic data transfers cannot in practice be used for EU-US 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 of Justice of the European Union in July.

The Data Protection Commission declined to comment. – Reuters