Transatlantic Data Sharing Pact Invalidated By EU High Court

Law360, New York (October 6, 2015, 9:24 AM EDT) -- Europe's highest court ruled Tuesday that the safe harbor pact enabling transatlantic data transfers between the U.S. and European Union should be struck down, agreeing with its top legal adviser in finding that the deal fails to provide an adequate level of protection for EU citizens' data.

In a highly anticipated opinion, the European Court of Justice concluded that the popular U.S.-EU safe harbor data transfer scheme fails to adequately protect the privacy rights of EU citizens because it puts the needs of U.S. law enforcement officials ahead of these rights by allowing them unfettered access to the transferred data....

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