EU-US data-sharing pact is invalid, EU’s top court rules

A 15-year-old data-sharing pact between the EU and US is invalid, the European Union’s highest court said

5th October, 2015

A trans-Atlantic pact that potentially allows US spies to get their hands on European citizens’ private data was declared illegal by the EU’s highest court, in a ruling that threatens to plunge internet companies into a legal limbo.

Judges at the European Union’s top court struck down the so-called safe-harbour accord after an Austrian law student complained about how US security services can gain unfettered access to Facebook customer information sent to...

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