Eurobites: Irish watchdog slaps euro 1.2B fine on Meta for user data fails

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Also in today’s EMEA regional roundup: German minister sticks up for Big Tech in “fair share” furore; Dutch lead European 5G pack, says Opensignal; A1 Bulgaria dips a toe into Nokia’s Cloud RAN.

Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC) has socked Meta with a €1.2 billion (US$1.3 billion) fine for what it says were infringements of data privacy regulations by the company in the way that it transferred personal data from the EU to the US in connection with its Facebook service. To get into the headache-inducing specifics, the DPC decided that Meta Ireland infringed Article 46(1) of GDPR when it continued to transfer personal data from the EU/EEA to the USA following the delivery of an EU Court of Justice judgment in Data Protection Commissioner v Facebook Ireland Limited and Maximillian Schrems. It’s the (for now) conclusion to a long-running saga which began with a complaint filed by Facebook user and data privacy activist Maximillian Schrems in 2011.

All at sea: Facebook owner Meta faces mega-fine for transatlantic data transfers.
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While Meta may be under the cosh in Ireland, a German government minister has been sticking up for Big Tech in the

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