By Sam Schechner


Facebook Inc. lost a bid to block an EU privacy decision that could suspend its ability to send data about European users to computer servers on U.S. soil, opening a pathway toward a precedent-setting interruption of its data flows.

Ireland's High Court on Friday dismissed all of Facebook's procedural complaints over the Irish privacy regulator's preliminary decision on data transfers, rejecting Facebook's claims that the regulator had given it too little time to respond or issued a judgment prematurely.

The preliminary decision, which the court had stayed last September pending its decision, could if finalized force the social media company to suspend sending personal information about EU users to Facebook's servers in the U.S.


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May 14, 2021 11:04 ET (15:04 GMT)

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