Irish High Court dismisses legal appeal by Facebook regarding data transfers to the U.S.

According to Computer Weekly, the Irish High Court has dismissed a legal challenge by Facebook against a draft decision by Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) to suspend Facebook Ireland’s transfer of data about European users to the US. The High Court judgment rejected allegations from Facebook that the DPC had breached its duty of candour in the way it defended the proceedings brought by Facebook. According to TechCrunch, the case has huge potential operational significance for Facebook, which may be forced to store European users’ data locally if ordered to stop taking their information to the U.S. for processing.