The Irish High Court has rejected Facebook’s offer to obstruct a European Union privacy rule that could halt the exchange of data between the EU and the US.
According to a story in Friday’s Wall Street Journal, the Irish court rejected “any of Facebook’s legal arguments over a provisional ruling on data flows that the company obtained in August from the country’s Data Protection Commission.”
Facebook’s arguments that the privacy regulator gave it little time to answer or released a verdict prematurely were dismissed by the court.
Facebook initially challenged the order, claiming that the Irish Data Protection Commission (IDPC) and other EU privacy authorities “moved too fast and did not provide the firm enough time to react,” according to The Verge.
The IDPC is responsible for enforcing EU privacy legislation on behalf of Facebook and other organizations with European headquarters in the region.
Facebook’s European offices are located in Dublin, which means that Irish authorities can take the lead in applying EU privacy laws against the firm.
The commission would also send a full copy of its order to the EU’s data protection authorities.
If authorized, it would have a significant effect on all businesses conducting trans-Atlantic business online.
According to Facebook, the absence of healthy, stable, and legal foreign data transfers will harm the economy and stymie the development of data-driven companies in the European Union.