Though a new draft order from the Irish Data Protection Commission takes aim at Meta’s cross-national data transfer practices, all businesses with an international presence could face new pressure to reform.

Europe could see Meta-owned Facebook and Instagram disabled in short order due to a crackdown by Ireland’s privacy regulators. A draft decision by Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC) yesterday revealed that it aims to block Meta from sending data about European users to the US.

The sentiment is echoed by other experts. “This is … a much broader issue, as foreshadowed, for example, by the growing EU data protection authorities’ rulings on Google Analytics,” says Arielle Garcia, chief privacy officer at ad agency UM Worldwide, referring to regulators’ crackdown on Google Analytics’ privacy practices in a handful of recent cases. “Enforcement of the decision could similarly impact every platform and company moving EU data to the US.”

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