The Register has asked Facebook to comment.
FB: We take the privacy of our sh,,users very seriously and we are looking forward to a blah blah meaningless blah blah.Etc and so on!
The Irish High Court has slapped down Facebook's bid to further delay the battle over the legality of its transatlantic data transfers in a critical judgment that questions the firm's previous conduct in court. On Monday, Facebook applied for a stay in the long-running case over the way in which it transfers data from the EU …
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It seems to me FB have two issues to contend with: Firstly this court case and secondly compliance with GDPR which they must have in place by 25th May. They can't use this court case as a delaying tactic to comply with GDPR. They have had two years in which to prepare for GDPR.
But nobody can bring a case under GDPR right now, so this case can only be prosecuted under whatever existing data protection legislation Ireland has in place.
Yes, it's kind of moot, or will be in a few weeks, but the claimant is acting under existing legislation and FB need to fight their case based on that legislation. It will be up to the claimant whether he wants to discontinue proceedings feeling that matters have been overtaken by GDPR on 25th May.
I doubt the claimant will be able to change the case and say he wants to progress the case under GDPR law. Need to start new case.
I see your points but the reality is that FB should just shut up and comply with the law as it is now and comply with new one when it takes effect. Or.... they could just close up shop, take their millions and party for the rest of their lives. But we know that at the end of this month, the crap will hit the rotating air movement device as FB tries to continue doing business as usual and more lawsuits will be tossed about. I'm thinking lawyers are cheaper than losing the income from the ads.
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"the reality is that FB should just shut up and comply with the law as it is now and comply with new one when it takes effect."
It's also the reality that they won't see it that way.
Even when the cases finally reach conclusion under each set regulations they'll still be saying "We're examining the judgement but we did nothing wrong". It's not as often used but it's just as much part of the PR phrase book as "Only a few users" and "We take your $topic seriously".