Watchdog takes bizarre legal route in data privacy case

Analysis: Data commissioner takes needlessly costly route in Schrems case

Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

One of the most closely watched, internationally significant cases relating to data privacy and commercial activity is currently before the court in Ireland.

That’s the convoluted case taken in the Commercial Court by the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner (ODPC) against Facebook and the Austrian Max Schrems.

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