View all newsletters
Receive our newsletter - data, insights and analysis delivered to you
  1. Technology
  2. Cloud
October 21, 2015

Irish regulator to investigate ‘frivolous’ Facebook data transfers

News: European Court of Justice upheld Max Schrems' complaint.

By CBR Staff Writer

Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner will be investigating Facebook’s data transfers which it had previously called "vexatious and frivolous".

The complaint, lodged by Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems, claims that the social networking giant "aids US spy agencies [with] mass surveillance."

The Irish regulator’s change of decision follows a European court ruling that has kickstarted a diplomatic row between the US and the European Union.

The ruling by the European Court of Justice earlier in the month had confirmed Schrems’ complaint and declared the Safe Harbour trade pact which governs data transfers between the EU and the US to be invalid.

Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon said: "My Office will now proceed to investigate the substance of the complaint with all due diligence."

The European Court ruling holds the Irish regulator responsible for the investigation since Facebook has its international headquarters at Dublin.

Content from our partners
Powering AI’s potential: turning promise into reality
Unlocking growth through hybrid cloud: 5 key takeaways
How businesses can safeguard themselves on the cyber frontline

Websites in our network
Select and enter your corporate email address Tech Monitor's research, insight and analysis examines the frontiers of digital transformation to help tech leaders navigate the future. Our Changelog newsletter delivers our best work to your inbox every week.
  • CIO
  • CTO
  • CISO
  • CSO
  • CFO
  • CDO
  • CEO
  • Architect Founder
  • MD
  • Director
  • Manager
  • Other
Visit our privacy policy for more information about our services, how Progressive Media Investments may use, process and share your personal data, including information on your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications. Our services are intended for corporate subscribers and you warrant that the email address submitted is your corporate email address.