Can democracies stand up to Facebook? Ireland may have the answer – The Guardian
Last month, the Irish data protection commissioner (DPC) sent Facebook a preliminary order ordering it to stop sending the data of its European users to the US. This was a big deal, because in order to comply with the ruling, Facebook would have to embark on a comprehensive re-engineering of its European operations, or to shut down those operations entirely, at least for a time. – The Guardian
The author stresses that the issue of data protection of EU citizens will go on for months or years before it is properly addressed however it marks an important milestone for ensuring that the personal data stays in EU. The author highlights the limitations of legal resources available to tackle the issue in dialogue with international corporations.
The opinion presented while elaborating on Irish DPC and Facebook ‘battle’ does not answer the fundamental question made by Facebook representatives – why FB seems to be the only company, among many operating in Ireland and EU to be put under such scrutiny so far.
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