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Ireland’s data protection commissioner has issued Facebook with a preliminary order to stop sending data transfers from EU users to the US.

The move, confirmed by Facebook, could spark a new transatlantic digital crisis. The order, described to Independent.ie by people close to the situation as “well progressed”, is the result of a European Court decision in July, which struck down the transatlantic ‘Privacy Shield’ treaty. It means that the validity of ‘standard contractual clauses’ (SCCs) used by thousands of Irish and European companies to transfer data, is now closer to being cancelled. Facebook has reacted by claiming that a cancellation of SCCs could cause near-term chaos for the global economy.
 
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