Facebook has told the High Court of Ireland that its services could not operate in the European Union if regulators block the data transfer mechanism.
The US giant said last week that the Irish Data Protection Commission, its main EU regulator, had taken a preliminary ruling that the mechanism it uses to transfer data from the EU to the United States “could not be used in practice” .
Facebook has requested and obtained a temporary blocking of the order and a review of the order in the Irish High Court
In a statement to the court seeking the annulment of the order, Yvonne Cunnane, Facebook’s head of data protection and associate general counsel at Facebook Ireland, said it was unclear how the company could continue to provide services in the EU if the order Irish is implemented, he wrote Reuters, citing court documents.
“It is not clear how Facebook, in these circumstances, could continue to provide Facebook and Instagram services in the EU,” according to the same source.
The document was not made public, a High Court spokesman said, and a Facebook spokeswoman did not respond to a request for comment.
In a blog post on September 9, which first confirmed the Irish regulator’s investigation, Facebook said it “relied on the mechanism in question – in accordance with what is known as standard contract terms (SCC ) – to transfer data to non-EU countries and that a ban would have a far-reaching effect on CCS-based companies ”.
The Irish investigation follows a ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union in July on when SCCs can be used legally. The ruling addressed EU concerns that the US surveillance regime may not respect the privacy rights of EU citizens when their personal data is sent to the US for commercial use.