Sunday, August 9, 2020

Irish privacy watchdog to investigate Facebook over spying allegations

The Irish Data Protection commissioner has agreed to investigate allegations that Facebook exposes its users’ personal data to mass snooping by U.S. intelligence services, following a ruling of the High Court of Ireland on Tuesday.

Austrian Facebook user Maximilian Schrems filed a complaint with the DPC in 2013, in the wake of Edward Snowden’s revelations about the U.S. National Security Agency’s PRISM surveillance system.

The DPC initially dismissed the complaint as “frivolous,” a decision Schrems went on to challenge in the Irish high court.

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