Why the Irish Data Protection Commissioner’s case against Facebook matters
Chaos would ensue if data transfers worth over $250bn annually are halted
Donald Trump: he’s already declaring that foreigners are not entitled to the privacy protections afforded US citizens’ data. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters
As a major case of international import opens in the Irish Commercial Court this week – that of the Irish Data Protection Commissioner against Facebook – the future of transatlantic data transfers, and of US/EU data transfer agreement Privacy Shield, are again under scrutiny.
Those data transfers, said to be worth more than $250 billion annually, are a ubiquitous part of doing business in every sector of every market. If halted, utter chaos would ensue – a kind of inverted Muslim ban for data, in which EU data would be refused entry to the US despite the US being more than eager to welcome it.