Facebook appealing order by Ireland’s privacy regulator that could halt EU-US data transfers

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Facebook is appealing a preliminary order from the Irish Data Protection Commission (IDPC) that the social media company says would require it to stop data transfers between the US and the European Union, Bloomberg reported.

“A lack of safe, secure and legal international data transfers would have damaging consequences for the European economy,” Facebook said in a statement to The Verge on Friday. “We urge regulators to adopt a pragmatic and proportionate approach until a sustainable long-term solution can be reached.”

The IDPC sent a preliminary order to Facebook last month directing the company to suspend data transfers to the US about EU users, The Wall Street Journal reported this week. The order is the first attempt by an EU…

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