Facebook has avoided the risk of being forced to shut down its service in Europe this summer as a result of the latest twist in a long-running data protection complaint saga that relates to a clash between EU privacy and U.S. surveillance law.
The delay — in what’s still widely expected to be a suspension order to Meta, Facebook’s parent company, to stop illegal data exports — follows objections to a draft decision by its lead data protection authority by other regional DPAs who have been reviewing it. The Irish Business Post picked up on the development in an earlier report.
Under the bloc’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), cross-border complaints typically require cooperation and at least consensus from DPAs in affected regions so it provides a right for interested authorities to weight in on draft decisions by a lead data supervisor.
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