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Irish Data Regulator Probes Facebook’s European Privacy Practices

Aarti Maharaj | October 21, 2015

The Irish Data Protection Commissioner is set to investigate a complaint filed by Max Schrems, an Austrian law student and data privacy advocate who claims that Facebook Ireland is revealing his personal information to U.S. intelligence agencies, said the Irish Times. Schrems allegation: The social media giant gave the National Security Agency a backdoor for reviewing user data (a claim Facebook denies).

Schrems took Ireland’s data regulator to court after it turned down his complaint and later dismissed his Facebook data privacy claims as “frivolous and vexatious,” according to news sources.

Irish High Court Justice Gerard Hogan was informed that the probe will continue in light of the recent decision by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) relating to...

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