‘ Irish Judge Refuses Investigation into Facebook’s Alleged Sharing of Data from EU Users with NSA Timeline of Events ‘

#AceNewsServices – DUBLIN – June 18 – An Irish judge on Wednesday rejected an attempt by campaigners to force an investigation into Facebook’s alleged sharing of data from EU users with the U.S. National Security Agency.

High Court Justice Gerard Hogan, who has jurisdiction because Facebook’s European headquarters are based in Dublin, upheld an earlier decision by the country’s data protection commissioner to refuse to investigate.


​(EU Data not Compliant under Safe Harbour)

Ahead of the hearing, the campaign group europe-v-facebook indicated it planned to appeal any such decision.


​(Max Schrems, an Austrian Law Student)

(IrishExaminer) 30 April 2014 – The data protection commissioner was wrong to refuse to investigate a complaint that the Irish arm of Facebook could not permit the mass transfer of personal data to US intelligence services, it has been claimed.

Max Schrems, an Austrian law student behind a data privacy campaign group called Europe v Facebook, has brought a High Court challenge claiming Billy Hawkes wrongly interpreted and applied the law governing the mass transfer of personal data of Facebook users to the US National Security Agency when he rejected his complaint.


​He is asking Mr Justice Gerard Hogan to quash that decision and refer it back to Mr Hawkes for reconsideration. He says the commissioner’s decision was irrational and wants a preliminary reference on the matter to be made to the European Court of Justice.


​The commissioner, who found Facebook had acted within the terms of the EU-US data-sharing agreement called Safe Harbour, is opposing his action.


(Avoiding the Truth About Your EU Data)

According to Safe Harbour

The European Commission’s Directive on Data Protection went into effect in October of 1998, and would prohibit the transfer of personal data to non-European Union countries that do not meet the European Union (EU) “adequacy” standard for privacy protection. While the United States and the EU share the goal of enhancing privacy protection for their citizens, the United States takes a different approach to privacy from that taken by the EU.

In order to bridge these differences in approach and provide a streamlined means for U.S. organizations to comply with the Directive, the U.S. Department of Commerce in consultation with the European Commission developed a “Safe Harbor” framework and this website to provide the information an organization would need to evaluate – and then join – the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor program.

The U.S. Department of Commerce in consultation with the Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner of Switzerland developed a separate “Safe Harbor” framework to bridge the differences between the two countries’ approaches to privacy and provide a streamlined means for U.S. organizations to comply with Swiss data protection law.

This website also provides the information an organization would need to evaluate – and then join – the U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor program.

(Guardian) 30 September 2011 – Facebook is to be investigated by the Irish privacy regulator into how it handles users’ data across Europe.

In the next fortnight the Irish data protection commissioner will launch a wide-ranging privacy audit of the social network after complaints about how Facebook tracks its users on-line.

The Irish regulator will conduct the audit on behalf of authorities in 27 European states, including the UK.

The commissioner expects to complete the report before the end of the year, a spokeswoman for the regulator said.

Data Protection Information

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` US National Security Agency adviser ` Susan Rice ‘ will visit `Israel’ in May’

#AceWorldNews says that US National Security Agency adviser, Susan Rice, will visit Israel in May, Reuters reported.

She will head a US delegation consulting on a range of issues involving the two countries. “President Obama has asked National Security Advisor Susan Rice to travel to Israel in May to lead the US delegation to the US-Israel Consultative Group,” National Security Council spokeswoman, Caitlin Hayden, said.

It will be Rice’s first visit to Israel as national security adviser.

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` Edward Snowden will speak out in a `Video Conference’ about `Government Intrusion into Privacy ‘ in a panel discussion being held in Texas ‘

#AceSecurityNews says that the former US security contractor Edward Snowden will participate remotely in a panel discussion next week in Texas about governmental intrusion into privacy, Reuters reported.

Snowden is in Russia and faces arrest if he sets foot on US soil.

He is expected to answer questions via video conference at the South by Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin on Monday, according to conference organizers. Snowden is to speak on how the US National Security Agency uses technology to keep tabs on people.

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