The advice from the European Court of Justice’s Advocate General Michal Bobek also paves the way for an onslaught of fresh data privacy cases across the EU, experts said. The opinion, which is often followed by the court, comes ahead of a formal decision by the ECJ’s judges expected later this year. Facebook argues that the Belgian watchdog, which launched the case in 2015, no longer has jurisdiction after the EU’s strict General Data Protection Regulation took effect in 2018.
The company says that under GDPR, only one national data protection authority has the power to handle legal cases involving cross-border data complaints – a system known as “onestop shop.” In Facebook’s case, it’s the Data Protection Commission in Ireland, where the company’s European headquarters is based. Privacy advocates and experts said the advice could change how data privacy cases are handled, by taking the pressure off a single watchdog