Remember the official hysteria about TikTok. They were helping the Chinese state listen to our conversations! Yeah, right…
Now we hear that #Facebook has been fined €1.2 billion for transferring data to the US.
This comes ten years after Edward Snowden first told us about PRISM – a US intelligence agency, NSA programme to gather data from US technology companies about people worldwide.
Meta, the parent company of Facebook, has finally been given a big fine. But the Irish Data Protection Commissioner did her best to stop the fine. She just wanted to give the company a rap on the knuckles.
Back in 2013, the Irish Data Commissioner dismissed a case brought by Max Schrems, an Austrian digital rights activist, as ‘frivolous and vexatious’. He had dared to ask about Snowden’s revelations.
Why is Ireland giving huge tax breaks to US technology companies and protecting them when they are caught transferring data to the US?