EU court boost for activist in Facebook data transfer fight

EU regulators must block tech companies from transferring data outside the bloc in cases in which privacy rules are broken,…

EU regulators must block tech companies from transferring data outside the bloc in cases in which privacy rules are broken, an advisor to the European Union’s top court said Thursday, in a long legal case involving an Austrian privacy campaigner and Facebook.

The European Court of Justice’s advocate general said that so-called “standard contractual clauses” – in which businesses commit to abide by EU privacy standards when transferring messages, photos and other information – are adequate. Companies like Facebook routinely transfer such data across the world, and the EU rules mean they have to observe EU privacy rules.

Activist Max Schrems had argued that the clauses mean that authorities in individual EU countries can, under the law, halt data transfers in specific cases if data privacy is violated.

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