Facebook faces restrictions in France on data transfer to U.S.

isabelle falque pierrotin in brusselsPeter Sayer

Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, chairwoman of the Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés, at a press conference in Brussels on Feb. 3.

The French data protection authority has ordered Facebook to stop some transfers of personal data of its users to the U.S. and to change the way it handles the data of users and non-users visiting its website.

The order by the Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL), released late Monday, invokes an order in October last year by the Court of Justice of the European Union, which declared invalid a "safe harbor" agreement governing personal data transfers between the European Union and the U.S., as the data was not protected from spying by U.S. agencies.

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