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Europe's top court to review personal data exchange between EU and US

Loek Essers | June 19, 2014
The Irish High Court has referred to a 14-year-old agreement governing the exchange of personal data between the European Union and the U.S. to the EU's top court.

However, if the Irish DPC is not allowed to disregard the Commission's 2000 decision, Europe-v-Facebook's complaint must fail, the High Court said.

Given the novelty and the practical importance of these issues which have  considerable practical implications for all 28 EU member states, this question should be determined by the CJEU, the High Court said.

The referral is "the best thing that could have possibly happened," said Europe-v-Facebook's front man Max Schrems on Twitter.


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