Privacy Organizations summon quit Facebook with data transfer to US




Four Dutch privacy organizations including Bits of Freedom and Privacy First ask Facebook to stop the transfer of personal data from the EU to the US Since October, there is no more basis for such communication.

The organizations give Facebook and its subsidiaries until Friday, January 15th to clarify its policy on stopping the transfer of personal data from European users to the US If Facebook does not provide a satisfactory response, legal action may follow, threatening the organizations. It involves Privacy First, Bits of Freedom, the Public Interest Litigation Project and Civil Protection Platform. Additionally endorse any individual Facebook users the summons.

The organizations particularly want that Facebook is going to contribute to a solution to the problem on the data throughput of the EU to the US, for instance by putting pressure on authorities. That problem arose in early October, when the European Court of Justice, the Safe Harbour decision of the EU declared invalid. Since then, on some instruments after no valid basis for the transfer of personal data of European citizens to the US According to the privacy organizations suffice that other instruments, such as standard contracts, not because they “do not resolve the fundamental problems identified by the European Court.”

Facebook has stated so far that the case is not so much about Facebook and held themselves aloof further in the discussion. “It is important that the governments of the US and the EU ensure that there remain reliable methods of transmitting data legitimate and that they solve problems related to national security,” said Facebook time. In early November, the European Commission sent out for February reached a new agreement with the United States on the export of personal information to have ready.

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