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Ruling on transatlantic data transfers puts US tech firms in rough water

The rise of online social networks and the cloud services and storage industry have come with Internet titans building huge datacenters in the US and elsewhere to catalog Internet user and other data from around the worldThe legal blow in Europe that removed “Safe Harbor” protection of cross-border data transfers from US tech firms on Tuesday has thrust them into rough water. The ruling Tuesday by Europe’s top court, invalidating the 15 year old Safe Harbor agreement, means that some 4,000 Internet companies ranging from giants such as Apple, Facebook, and Google to startups just getting their sea legs can no longer legally transfer user data from Europe to the United States.

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