Facebook files legal challenge after inquiry from Irish privacy watchdog

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Facebook Inc. today filed a legal challenge in Ireland over recent regulatory steps taken by the country’s privacy watchdog, which is scrutinizing how the social network processes its users’ personal data.
The matter concerns a July ruling by the European Union’s top court that struck down a legal framework known as the EU-US Privacy Shield. Facebook relied on the framework to enable its practice of transferring data of users in the European Union to the U.S. for processing. 
As a result of the July ruling, those data transfers now stand on uncertain legal ground, which is why Facebook has drawn scrutiny from Ireland’s privacy watchdog. 
The social network was one of about 5,000 organizations that depended on the US-EU Privacy Shield to move data across the Atlantic. Now that the framework is no longer in force, the social network is still bringing EU users’ data stateside but using a different legal mechanism known as Standard Contractual Clauses, or SCCs. The legal dispute stems from the fact that it’s not yet fully clear if SCCs may be used for the kind of data transfers to the US-EU Privacy Shield permitted.
Facebook disclosed earlier this week that Ireland’ …

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