DUBLIN, June 18 Ireland's High Court on
Wednesday asked the European Court of Justice (ECJ) to clarify
European Union data protection rules in light of allegations
that Facebook shared data from EU users with the U.S.
National Security Agency.
High Court Justice Gerard Hogan rejected a request by a
campaign group for an investigation into Facebook's alleged
sharing of data, but he said the issue raised questions about EU
policy and he would ask the ECJ to look at the matter.
"The critical issue which arises is whether the proper
interpretation of the 1995 [EU data protection] directive and
the 2000 Commission decision [on the Safe Harbour principles]
should be re-evaluated in the light of the subsequent entry into
force of article 8 of the charter" on the right to the
protection of personal data, Hogan said.
(Reporting by Conor Humphries; Editing by Pravin Char)