London-The Supreme Court stated that after any regulator in the region should be able to initiate new proceedings, Facebook and other US technology giants may face a series of new cases regarding data privacy in Europe.
The European Union implemented the General Data Protection Regulation in 2018, which gives citizens a greater say in how their data is used. In this case, for example, any privacy complaints against Facebook will be sent to the data protection officer in Ireland because the company’s European headquarters is in Dublin.
However, defense lawyers for the European Court of Justice said on Wednesday that it is not necessary to lodge a privacy complaint with domestic regulators, thus opening the door to more investigations into data issues in more EU countries.
Cillian Kieran, Chief Executive Officer of Privacy Rights, said: “If it is widely supported by the courts, the impact of this view is unquestionable because it will give any of the 27 European data protection commissioners equal rights to take action against violations. Rules.”
Kieran also said: “Considering that some countries in Europe must take a more active attitude towards the enforcement of GDPR, the consequences are serious,” he added, “This may lead to a large number of investigations of companies throughout the market.”
This opinion was issued on Wednesday after a Belgian court ruled in 2015 that Facebook violated privacy rules to monitor the browsing history of Internet users (regardless of whether they have registered with the platform).
Facebook believes that given the location of its headquarters, only Irish courts can rule on the company’s practices. The Belgian Data Protection Agency then asked the European Court of Justice to clarify the legal situation.
“The GDPR allows the data protection agencies of member states to file a lawsuit in the courts of that country for cross-border data processing suspected of violating the GDPR, even though it is not the main data protection agency entrusted by general authorization to initiate such procedures.” Defense lawyer of the European Court of Justice Said Wednesday.
The opinions of the defenders are not binding, but the judges of the European Court of Justice will take their opinions into account and they will make a ruling on the case at a later stage.
Deputy General Counsel Jack Gilbert (Jack Gilbert) said: “We are pleased that the Attorney General has reaffirmed the value and principles of the one-stop service mechanism, which was introduced to ensure the effective and consistent application of GDPR. We are waiting for the courts. The final ruling.” told CNBC via email on Facebook on Wednesday.
One-stop mechanism refers to the cooperation between data protection agencies in cross-border processing.
In recent years, with the advent of various scandals, people are increasingly concerned about data protection. These include the Cambridge Analytica-Facebook legend that appeared in 2018, where user data was used to try to influence election results.