Headline RoundupMay 22nd, 2023

EU Fines Facebook $1.3B Over Personal Data Transfers to US

Summary from the AllSides News Team

European Union (EU) privacy regulators fined Meta, Facebook's parent company, $1.3 billion over transferring personal data from Facebook's EU servers to U.S. servers.

The Details: Ireland's Data Protection Commission (DPC) cited the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) privacy law in issuing the fine, the largest penalty ever issued under GDPR. Meta plans to appeal, and Facebook remains available in Europe.

Key Quotes: The data transfers were mishandled, and the legal framework around them "did not address the risks to the fundamental rights and freedoms" of Facebook’s EU users and broke the law, the DPC said. "This decision is flawed, unjustified and sets a dangerous precedent for the countless other companies transferring data between the EU and US," Meta officials said. "The ability for data to be transferred across borders is fundamental to how the global open internet works."

For Context: The prior record for a similar penalty was the $887 million fine against Amazon in 2021 for privacy violations.

How the Media Covered It: Left- and center-rated sources covered the news more prominently.

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