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Facebook is appealing to the court against the decision of the Irish privacy watchdog DPC, writes Bloomberg. It demanded that the social media platform stop transferring user data from the European Union to the United States.

Facebook believes that “a lack of secure international data transfer is harmful to the European economy”. The company also wants regulators to look for a long-term solution.

After the European Court of Justice swept the privacy treaty between the US and the EU off the table, Irish authorities imposed a ban on Facebook. According to the Court, personal data is less well protected in the US than in the EU, which means that it cannot simply be exchanged.

This long-running case was filed in 2015 by 32-year-old Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems. He complained about the transfer of user data from Facebook Ireland, where it is headquartered, to the parent company in the US where the data is less well protected. The Court ruled in favor of Schrems.

The long-term solution Facebook is looking for doesn’t seem in sight yet. While the European Commission is in talks with the US authorities about better protection, it will likely be a long time before there is an alternative to the void treaty that enabled the exchange.

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