Court of Justice of the European Union Advocate General Yves Bot said data privacy regulators across the EU could have the power to take direct action against Facebook if they suspect illegal data processing has taken place, Bloomberg reports. The case involves a “fan page” set up by a German Facebook user and could counter the social media company’s opinion that the Irish privacy regulator is the only agency to legally regulate its data processing in Europe, as Facebook’s EU base is located in Ireland. Facebook said in a statement, “We respectfully disagree with the advocate general and await the European Court’s decision.” Bot, whose opinion is nonbinding but influential on EU judges, said the court should disregard the EU General Data Protection Regulation when making its final ruling, as the rules have not yet gone into effect. A final ruling on the case is expected in four to six months. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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