The technology giant Facebook has opened the door to

stop providing service in the European Union (EU)

in the event that a ban on the transfer of personal data of European users to the United States becomes effective.

This month, the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC), the main regulator in the field of privacy of Facebook in Europe, having its parent company there, urged Mark Zuckerberg's company to

stop transferring data from the block community to the United States


Facebook decided to appeal the decision to the Irish court, which granted it a suspension until the legal dispute between the company and the regulator was resolved.

As part of this process, Facebook has sent the court a letter arguing that the ban would have a high impact on its operations.

"In the event that Facebook was subject to a complete suspension of user data to the United States, as appears to be the proposal of the DPC,

it is not clear how Facebook, in these circumstances, could continue to provide the services of Facebook and Instagram in the European Union

", explained

Yvonne Cunnane,

the head of data protection and privacy of the company in Europe


in a document to which the local Irish press has had access.

The executive has argued that, according to a study commissioned by Facebook itself, the company's applications helped generate

sales worth 208,000 million

euros to 7,700 companies across Europe.

Ireland's DPC decision came several months after

the European Union Court of Justice (TEU) ruled against the agreement

for the transfer of data from European citizens to the United States negotiated by the European Commission with Washington, known as 'Privacy Shield', concluding that it does not guarantee the level of data protection required by the rules of the European Union.

In its ruling, the European Justice warned that it did not find in the agreement that allows the sending of data from European users to the United States for commercial purposes "limitations" on the use of the same in the framework of certain surveillance programs, nor that found sufficient safeguards to protect non-US citizens and prevent them from being targeted by such programs.

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