Earlier, the company operating the community site rejected the Belgian authorities’ legal action on the grounds that it was headquartered in Dublin, so the Irish data protection authority was competent. In response, Michal Bobek, an adviser to the European Court of Justice, has now issued a recommendation that any Member State has the right to bring a data protection lawsuit against the company.
If the current recommendation is accepted by the court, not only Facebook but also other US tech companies, Google or Twitter, can be sued by Member State authorities, which are also headquartered in Ireland. The Court mostly follows similar recommendations, but this is not mandatory, they usually decide within 2-4 months.
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