Facebook warns it could pull out of Europe over data row with Brussels
FACEBOOK has threatened to pull its social media platforms from Europe if it is forced to stop transferring users’ data to the US.
The technology company warned that more than 410 million people may lose access to its services, after the Irish Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) suggested it would enforce a European Court of Justice decision that such transfers of data break EU law.
The DPC issued a preliminary order earlier this month.
“In the event that the applicant [Facebook] were subject to a complete suspension of the transfer of users’ data to the US, as appears to be what the DPC proposes, it is not clear to the applicant how, in those circumstances, it could continue to provide the Facebook and Instagram services in the EU,” wrote Yvonne Cunnane, head of data protection at Facebook Ireland in an appeal.
“The consequences of this are likely to be significant and wide-ranging to the applicant and to the millions of individuals and businesses who use its services in Europe.”
Ms Cunnane claimed that “individual consumers, businesses of all sizes, charitable organisations, politicians and other public figures” may no longer be able to access the service as a result.