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Facebook Under Investigation in Europe Over Data Transfers to US

Concerns over US government eavesdropping may derail Facebook’s free-flowing transfer of information across the Atlantic.

Fifteen years ago, the United States and the European Union established the Safe Harbor accord. That agreement was meant to allow US-based tech companies to freely transfer the information of European users, while also ensuring individual privacy.

The revelations of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden have called that agreement into question. With the scope of the US government’s Internet surveillance revealed, the EU Court of Justice ruled earlier this month that the data pact was now invalid.

In light of that decision, Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner will launch its own investigation.

The court’s decision followed legal objections from Austrian law student Max Schrems. He filed 22 complaints against Facebook Inc., alleging that the company provided data to US spy agencies