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European Court Strikes Down "Safe Harbor," Focus Shifts to Adequacy of US Privacy Laws

In a stunning decision, the European Court of Justice today ruled that the transatlantic "Safe Harbor" data pact is invalid. Consumer organizations and civil liberties groups in Europe and the United States applauded the outcome. Safe Harbor had been widely criticized for failing to provide adequate data protection for users of Internet-based services. The European Parliament earlier recommended against renewal of Safe Harbor. Max Schrems, the Austrian law student who brought the case, praised the judgement and said the "solution will very likely require severe changes in US law" not "just an update to the current 'safe harbor' system." @maxschrems @EUCourtPress

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