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Euro politicians debate Safe Harbour

MEPs at the European Parliament recently debated the impact of the recent European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling that the Safe Harbour agreement on data transfers to the US is not safe, and called on the European Commission to clarify the legal situation following the ruling and demanded immediate action to ensure effective data protection for EU citizens. Following a complaint against Facebook by an Austrian citizen, Max Schrems, the European Court of Justice ruled on 6 October that the Commission's ‘adequacy decision’ was invalid since the Safe Harbour agreement does not offer a level of data protection equivalent to the level of protection in place in the EU. In particular, the court found that the access enjoyed by the US intelligence services to the transferred data interferes with “the right to respect for private life and the right to protection of personal data”.

  • Wednesday, 21 October 2015

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