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Irish privacy watchdog to investigate Facebook over spying allegations

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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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