Mar 242015
 March 24, 2015  Posted by  Court, Featured News, Non-U.S.

Sam Schechner and Valentina Pop report:

LUXEMBOURG—In a gold-curtained courtroom here, a debate is playing out over the transfer of personal data used for billions of dollars in digital advertising.

The European Court of Justice—the European Union’s top court—heard arguments Tuesday in the biggest threat yet to a legal mechanism that allows Facebook Inc. and thousands of other firms to transfer European personal data to U.S.-based servers.

Following revelations of widespread surveillance by the U.S. National Security Agency, plaintiff Max Schrems, an Austrian law student, made the case that the EU-U.S. agreement, called Safe Harbor, no longer guarantees the privacy of European residents. He was supported by lawyers representing the governments of Belgium, Poland and Austria.

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The case is Maximilian Schrems v. Data Protection Commissioner.

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