Ireland refuses to investigate Facebook, Apple


Edward Snowden's surveillance revelation have sparked protests around the world and now challenges for the investigation of big internet firms operating in the EU

Challenge rejected despite Reding concerns

Ireland's data protection watchdog says it will not investigate Apple and Facebook, whose have based their European headquarters in the country, for transferring personal data to a US spy agency because they have signed up to EU privacy principles.

The statement from the Irish Office of the Data Protection Commissioner (ODPC) comes days after the EU's Justice Commissioner, Viviane Reding, said that the framework agreed more than a decade between the EU and the US may "not be so safe after all...

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