CJEU Advocate General delivers opinion on cross-border data processing


On 13 January 2021, Advocate General Bobek issued his opinion in Case C-645/19 (Facebook Ireland and Others), pending before the Court of Justice of the European Union.

In a nutshell, the Advocate General concluded that the GDPR permits the data protection authority of a Member State to bring proceedings before a court of that State for an alleged infringement of the GDPR with respect to cross-border data processing, despite it not being the lead data protection authority entrusted with a general power to commence such proceedings, provided that it does so in the situations where the GDPR specifically confers upon it competences to this end and according to the corresponding procedures set out in the GDPR.

The press release is available here, and the full opinion is available here.