On 3 December 2020, the Irish DPA (“DPC“) published a press release explaining the context of the Facebook’s judicial review proceedings against the DPC. The proceedings are listed for the hearing in the Irish High Court on 15 December 2020.
In a nutshell, following the CJEU Schrems II ruling, the DPC commenced a statutory inquiry into the lawfulness of Facebook’s transfers of personal data relating to its EU users from the EU to the US and delivered a Preliminary Draft Decision on 28 August 2020. By arguing that the DPC has not respected Facebook’s right to fair procedures, Facebook is asking the Irish High Court to annul the DPC’s decision to commence the inquiry and to set aside the Preliminary Draft Decision.
The Irish DPA also provided information on its investigation carried out following a complaint submitted by Mr. Maximillian Schrems on 1 December 2015 relating to Facebook’s EU-US data transfers.
The press release may be accessed here.