US government joins Meta’s appeal against Irish DPCs transfer ban

03/07/2023 | The Irish Times

The United States government has joined the legal proceedings brought by Meta appealing a decision made by the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) suspending the transfer and storage of user data from EU to the US.

Eileen Barrington SC, acting for the US government, requested that her client be joined as a “friend of the court” in the case, a request which was granted by Mr Justice Denis McDonald. Meta and the Attorney General have both consented to the application, while the DPC did not object. The US has stated that it has a bona fide interest in the proceedings which are of crucial interest to the country. Meta was granted an extension until the end of the month on an interim stay on the DPC decision.

In June, Meta was granted an extension until the end of July when the European Commission is expected to announce its decision next month concerning the EU-US Data Privacy Framework (DPF) and whether the US offers an adequate level of data protection. 

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