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Europe must not trust US with data protection

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Despite what certain activists had predicted, the European Court of Justice's decision that Privacy Shield is invalid, will not spell the end of the transfer of data in the international business arena and certainly not the end of the Internet.

The Luxembourg-based court ruled that a 2016 trans-Atlantic deal known as Privacy Shield, which allows some 5,000 companies to move data between the US and the European Union (EU) violated European privacy rights.

However, it also said that Standard Contractual Clauses examined by the EU would continue to permit the transfer of personal data to companies outside of Europe.

Violation of privacy rights

The case goes back to the Austrian lawyer and privacy activist Max Schrems who had filed a complaint saying that Facebook had violated his privacy rights when his data was transferred to the US.

By ruling that the deal was invalid because US security and intelligence agencies could still access data stored by Facebook, Twitter, Google, Apple, Microsoft and other companies, the court issued a strong reprimand to the European Commission and the US. It said that the data of EU citizens was endangered and ruled that the US should not be considered a country with adequate data protection policies.

Bernd Riegert is DW's Brussels........

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