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Facebook blow as EU court quashes transatlantic data deal

The 'Safe Harbour' agreement reached by the United States and European Commission in 2000 was based on the premise that US laws offered similar privacy protection to those in the European UnionFacebook and other Internet giants could be barred from sending European citizens’ personal information to the US after the EU’s top court on Tuesday struck down a key transatlantic data deal in the wake of the Edward Snowden scandal. The landmark verdict stemmed from a case lodged by Austrian law student Max Schrems, who challenged the 2000 “Safe Harbour” agreement between Washington and Brussels on the grounds it did not properly protect European data. After declaring Safe Harbour “invalid,” the European Court of Justice said authorities in Ireland, where Facebook has its European HQ and where Schrems lodged the case, now had to decide whether transfers of data to Facebook in the United States should be suspended outright.

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