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JUL 16, 2020 | US | EUROPEAN UNION

EU Court Blocks Data Pact Amid Fears Over US Surveillance

The Telegraph, July 16, 2020

By Stephanie Bodoni and Natalia Drozdiak

The European Union's top court struck down a key method used by Facebook and other companies to transfer data across the Atlantic amid fears over potential US surveillance.

Thursday's decision by the EU Court of Justice on the so-called Privacy Shield means thousands of businesses that ship commercial data to the US risk turmoil in their day-to-day activities. While a second, contract-based system to transfer data was approved, the judges saved their critiques for American surveillance.

The judgment "removed from the table one of the few, and most trusted, ways to transfer data across the Atlantic" for large and small enterprises in both the US and Europe, said Thomas Boue, director general for policy in Europe at BSA The Software Alliance, whose members include Microsoft and Oracle.

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Original Posting: https://www.thetelegraph.com/news/article/EU-court-blocks-data-pact-amid-fears-over-U-S-15412771.php

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