European Privacy Ruling Could Mean More Scrutiny of Companies
The European Union’s top court is set to weigh in Tuesday on whether a privacy regulator in one country can sanction a company if its headquarters is in another country. A go-ahead would potentially open firms up to more penalties.
A ruling due in a case between Facebook Inc. and the Belgian data protection authority could impact any company that does business in any of the 27 EU countries.
If the European Court of Justice rules that the Belgian regulator can pursue a court case against Facebook, whose European headquarters is in Ireland, authorities across the bloc will be able to sanction companies in their own national courts. Facebook has argued against the prospect.