More data privacy headaches for Facebook and Google

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This surely can’t be a case of any publicity is good publicity. Google and Facebook are in the eye of the storm once again, as controversies over data privacy and protection continue to crop up. Even as the Irish privacy watchdog told Facebook last week that that it would soon have to stop transferring European users’ data to the United States, in Canada, proposed class action lawsuits have been filed in three provinces of British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec against Google on behalf of “the millions of Canadians whose personal information the global internet giant collects and profits from”.
Facebook fights back
Facebook has maintained it would seek a judicial review of the Irish regulator’s preliminary decision. “The Irish Data Protection Commission (IDPC) has commenced an inquiry into Facebook controlled EU-US data transfers, and has suggested that SCCs (Standard Contractual Clauses) cannot in practice be used for EU-US data transfers,” Facebook’s VP of Global Affairs, Nick Clegg, said in a statement, adding that “this approach is subject to further process”.
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The IDPC order would need the backing of other EU data watchdogs. But given that …

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