According to Facebook, if the company is banned from sending data to servers located in the US, the company will leave the European market. Facebook accuses European regulators of being injustice and bias.
The Irish Data Protection Commission demanded from Facebook that the company immediately stop sending European user data to US servers, to which Facebook responded with a lawsuit. The company accused the Irish regulator of an unfair and biased approach. According to the company, the Irish commission has named a 3-week deadline to comply with this request, which, in the opinion of Facebook, is insufficient. Also, Facebook believes that European regulators, compared to other technology companies, spend much more time studying their activities.
“No major technology company using the same method of sending data from the EU to the US is under such control. If the transfer of information to servers located in the US is banned and it only applies to Facebook, it will have a serious negative impact on competition,” Facebook said.
Facebook representatives in the Dublin court said that the decision of the Irish Commission forces them to leave the European market – “If the court shares the position of the Commission, then it is unclear how Facebook should continue to operate in the EU.”
Leaving Facebook out of the EU market will leave 410 million people without the company’s services, including Instagram. As the publication Vice writes, the court retained the right of Facebook to continue its activities and suspended the enforcement of the Irish commission ban, although the regulator still has the right to appeal this decision.
Ireland is the first country to ask Facebook to enforce the decision of the European Court of Justice to abolish the Privacy Shield mechanism. In July, a court found it inappropriate to send consumer data from Europe to the U.S. and store it in U.S. territory. According to the court, US domestic law failed to protect the quality of personal information of EU citizens, which is provided by the EU itself. Failure to comply with this ruling, Facebook will have to pay 4% of its annual profit, or $ 2.8 billion.