The European Union’s top court should decide whether data-protection regulators can probe allegations that Facebook Inc.’s Irish unit illegally handed over data to U.S. spies, an Irish judge ruled today.
Vodafone Group Plc’s sweeping disclosure of wiretapping on its network worldwide means technology and phone companies could follow by revealing how much access governments are seeking to phone calls, data and e- mails.
The disclosure by Vodafone Group Plc, provider of mobile-phone service to more than 400 million customers worldwide, that some governments tap directly into its network without company consent spurred a new round of protests by privacy advocates about the scope of surveillance.
Companies based outside the European Union must abide by its data-protection rules, justice ministers agreed today, weeks after the bloc’s top court told Google Inc. that citizens have the “right to be forgotten.”
U.S.-based technology firms Google Inc., Facebook Inc., Apple Inc. and other non-European companies that offer services in the European Union must abide by its overhauled data-protection rules, according to the bloc’s justice chief.