Meta was fined a record 1.2 billion euros ($1.3 billion) and given five months to stop sending customer data to the United States by the main European Union privacy regulator.
Meta was fined by Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) for moving data after an EU-U.S. data transfer agreement was thrown out by an EU court in 2020. It beats Luxembourg’s 2021 746 million euro EU privacy fine to Amazon.com.
Max Schrems, an Austrian privacy supporter, sued Meta for storing Facebook data after Edward Snowden’s leaks. This was ten years ago.
Meta said it would appeal the decision, noting the “unjustified and unnecessary penalties” that “set a dangerous precedent for many other organisations.” It will also ask a judge to stop any orders to stop.
The social media giant stressed that it expected a new agreement for safe data transfers from EU people to the US to be fully put into place before it had to stop transfers.
Its threat that a shutdown could force it to stop offering Facebook services in Europe would no longer be true.
Meta said that if data can’t move across borders, the internet could become split into national and regional silos.
In March, the DPC said that officials from the EU and the U.S. thought the new data security framework, which was agreed upon by Brussels and Washington in March 2022, would be finished by July.
Concerns about U.S. spying led the European Court of Justice to throw out the two previous agreements.
Schrems, an Austrian who works to protect people’s privacy, said it was unlikely that Meta’s plan to use the new arrangement for moves would work.
I think there is a 10% chance that the CJEU will let the new agreement stand. “Meta will likely have to keep EU data in the EU unless U.S. surveillance laws are fixed,” he said.
The Irish agency, which is the main EU regulator for many of the world’s top tech companies because their European offices are in Ireland, warned that the move to suspend could set an example for other businesses.
Since 2018, Meta has been fined 2.5 billion euros for not following GDPR rules.
At first, the DPC didn’t want to add a punishment to the suspension order. However, four other EU oversight groups protested, and an EDPB ruling led to the record fine being added.
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Meta has been fined more by the Irish government than any other digital company, and the sites of the social media group are being looked into in 10 more investigations.