Julia Fioretti reports:
A deal easing the transfer of data between the United States and the EU is invalid, an adviser to the European Union’s top court said on Wednesday, dealing a blow to a system used by Facebook, Google and thousands of other companies.
The Safe Harbour agreement did not do enough to protect EU citizen’s private information when it reached the United States, Yves Bot, Advocate General at the European Court of Justice (ECJ), said.
While Bot’s opinions are not binding, they tend to be followed by the court’s judges, who are considering a complaint about the system in the wake of revelations from ex-National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden of mass U.S. government surveillance.
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