Facebook has simply spoken out approximately the possibility of leaving the European marketplace after the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) ruled that Facebook was now not legal to transfer records of European customers to the US.
According to MsPoweruser, Facebook sued the Irish data regulator, saying it was “discriminated against” while others were not subject to the same ban; This ban is important and of too great influence to be put in place by one individual, Helen Dixon, a commissioner of the DPC.
Yvonne Cunnane, Facebook’s head of data protection in Ireland, said the company wants the investigation process to be fully conducted and that the final decision should be independent and unbiased.
In the lawsuit, Facebook stated: “It is not clear how [Facebook] will, in those cases, continue to provide Facebook and Instagram services in Europe”. The company explained it would not be able to operate under the new restrictions.
The ban, which only gave Facebook 3 weeks to comply, is still in place after Facebook’s lawsuit.
A Facebook spokesperson said: “Facebook does not threaten to withdraw from Europe”, adding that the decision to file in court simply shows “Facebook, and many businesses and organizations. and another service, which is relying on data transfer between Europe and the US to operate their services.