Facebook has been fined a record €1.2bn (£1bn) and ordered to suspend the transfer of data from users in the EU to the US.
The fine imposed by Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC), which regulates Facebook across the EU, is a record for a breach of the bloc’s general data protection regulation.
The suspension of data transfers is not immediate and Facebook’s owner, Meta, has been given five months to enact it.
The DPC punishment relates to a legal challenge brought by an Austrian privacy campaigner, Max Schrems, over concerns resulting from the Edward Snowden revelations that European users’ data is not sufficiently protected from US intelligence agencies when it is transferred across the Atlantic.
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