Crunch time for Facebook-in a collision with a privacy activist, Schrems

FILE PHOTO: Facebook logo can be seen on a screen, this image on 2 December 2019 at the latest. (REUTERS photo/Johanna Geron/Image/File Photo

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) – Facebook is in conflict with the provisions of the Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems, a critical point has been reached on Thursday when an adviser to Europe’s highest court, which will include the question of whether such tools are used by companies to facilitate the transfer of information overseas protection of Eu citizens’ data.

The US social media giant, businesses and companies, ranging from banks and industrial giants in the use of standard contractual clauses for the transfer of personal data to the United States of america and in other parts of the world.

The rules set out in the basis of major activities, such as outsourced services, cloud-infrastructure, data, service, human resources, payroll, finance, and marketing.

Schrems, a law student, who successfully fought against the EU’s previous “Safe harbor” privacy policy ” in 2015, the result in the present case, when he challenged Facebook’s use of such clauses on the ground that they did not have sufficient data protection is guaranteed.

Henry Saugmandsgaard Øe, the attorney-general at the Luxembourg-based Court of justice of the court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) gives non-binding advice.

Just as important will be the court advisor’s recommendation on the question of whether the EU and the US, Privacy Shield software, which was released in 2016, to protect Europeans’ personal data when it is transferred to the other side of the Atlantic ocean for commercial purposes shall be lawful or will not.

The judges, which will take place in the next few months advisers to the recommendations contained in four of the five cases.

In the case of the C-311/18 Facebook Ireland and Schrems.

Reporting by Foo Yun Chee; Editing by Kirsten Donovan

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