CJEU’s Advocate General considers allowing GDPR complaints in any EU member state

According to RTE, the Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has issued an opinion that a privacy complaint against Facebook does not only have to be taken to the Irish data protection commissioner (DPC) and can be handled by any national data protection authorities in the EU. So far, privacy complaints against Facebook by European citizens need to be referred to the Irish DPC, since Facebook's European headquarters are in Ireland. In a case referred to the CJEU by a Belgian court, the CJEU's Advocate General has held that, in certain circumstances, any national regulator or national court can handle a data privacy complaint. The Irish Times reports however that the opinion is not binding, as the CJEU’s judges will now start their deliberations and give their judgement on the issue at a later date.