Facebook and Instagram could be closed offline in Europe this summer. An Irish watchdog has ruled that parent company Meta is not allowed to share data from Europeans with the United States. If EU regulators agree to this, social media platforms will no longer be usable with us.
Lawrence Turksource: Independent, Politico
A Meta spokesperson said: “This draft decision, which is under review by European data protection authorities, relates to a conflict between European and US law that is currently being resolved.” Politician. “We are pleased with the agreement between the United States and Europe on a legal framework that allows for continued cross-border data transfer. We expect this framework will enable us to keep families, communities, and economies connected.”
Facebook has more than 300 million daily active users in Europe, which is more than 10 percent of all users worldwide. There is a higher percentage of Instagram users in Europe, where they account for more than a quarter of all users.
problems for years
The Irish Data Protection Commission’s ban order has been sent to other European privacy regulators, who are expected to comment on the ruling next month.
The spat now comes after years of legal battles between privacy activists and the US tech giant, with the European Court of Justice annulling an EU-US agreement on data flows in 2020.
In March, Meta indicated that unless a new framework for transatlantic data transmission is adopted, it “will not be able to offer its core products and services, including Facebook and Instagram, in Europe.”