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EU asks Facebook to suspend transmission of user data to the US


The European regulator for the protection of personal data has sent a preliminary order to the American Facebook to suspend the transfer of data of its users to the United States, according to the Wall Street Journal, citing sources familiar with the situation.

"The EU privacy regulator has sent Facebook a preliminary order to suspend the transfer of data of its users to the United States," the statement said. One source clarified that the preliminary directive was sent by the Irish User Data Protection Commission to Facebook at the end of last month.

The newspaper notes that Facebook may have to reorganize its service or temporarily stop serving European users. Sources said the Irish regulator gave Facebook time to respond until mid-September. In case of failure to comply with the request, the regulator has the right to fine Facebook in an amount equal to 4% of the company's annual income, that is, $ 2.8 billion.

"The lack of safe, reliable and legal international data transfer can harm the economy, as well as prevent the emergence of enterprises based on EU data," - quotes the newspaper as the head of policy and communications Facebook Nick Clegg.

The social network Facebook was founded by Mark Zuckerberg, then a 19-year-old American student, in February 2004. The company is headquartered in Menlo Park, California. Facebook also owns the services Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram.

source: wsj.com