Europe's top court rejects 'Safe Harbor' ruling

Oct. 9, 2015
Europe's top court ruled that a 15-year-old agreement allowing American companies to handle Europeans' data was invalid.

WASHINGTON — Europe's top court on Tuesday ruled that a 15-year-old agreement allowing American companies to handle Europeans' data was invalid, a decision that could affect how technology companies such as Amazon, Facebook and Google operate overseas.

The European Court of Justice examined the case of an Austrian citizen who claimed that his data, in light of revelations by Edward Snowden that U.S. agencies spied upon people in other nations, wasn't being adequately protected by Facebook.

No appeal is possible as the European Court of Justice is the equivalent of the U.S. Supreme Court.

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