Data chief made right call on Facebook case

The Data Protection Commissioner has secured what neither Austrian privacy lawyer Max Schrems nor Facebook wanted: a court date in Europe

4th October, 2017
Austrian Max Schrems, whose complaint led to Tuesday's decision. Pic: Getty

The High Court yesterday agreed that the European Court of Justice should decide on the validity of data transfers sent from private companies like Facebook in the EU to the United States.

In her 152-page judgment, Justice Caroline Costello said she shared the concerns of the data watchdog in regards to transfers which fall under the standard contractual clauses (SCC) mechanism.

The case, she noted, “raises issues of very major, indeed fundamental, concern to millions...

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