The initial order, people said, was sent to Facebook by Ireland’s Data Protection Commission late last month, asking for the company’s response. This is the first significant step that EU regulators have taken from the top court of the block to implement a July ruling about data transfer. The ruling restricted how companies like Facebook could send private information about Europeans to American soil, as it was found that Europeans have no effective way to challenge US government oversight.
To comply with Ireland’s initial order, Facebook would likely have to re-engineer its service to shut down most of the data collected from European users or at least temporarily shut down their service altogether. If it fails to follow an order, Ireland’s data commission has the power to impose a fine of up to 4% of its annual revenue to Facebook or up to $ 2.8 billion.
Facebook’s top policy and communications executive Nick Clegg confirmed that Ireland’s privacy regulator had suggested, as part of an investigation, that Facebook is now using EU-US data transfer using a widely used type of contract Cannot handle
“The lack of safe, secure and legal international data transfers will hurt the economy and prevent the emergence of data-driven businesses from the European Union, as we seek recovery from Kovid-19,” Mr Clegg said.