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EU court advised: Schrems is a consumer in Facebook case, but can't file class-action

Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems' bid to bring a class-action lawsuit against Facebook has been dealt a blow by the advocate general advising the European Court of Justice. The PhD student has been embroiled in a years-long battle with Facebook over its privacy policies and data-sharing with US spy agencies. It has seen …
Rebecca Hill, 14 Nov 2017

Schrems busts Privacy Shield wide open

Privacy activist and student Max Schrems has hailed an Irish Court decision today to refer cross-Atlantic data flows back to the European Court of Justice – all over again. Schrems sparked the original litigation which led to the Court throwing out the "Safe Harbor" legal framework that governed flows of European citizens’ …

Europe gives Privacy Shield one year to work

Europe's data protection authorities will hold fire for one year on the new Privacy Shield agreement, withholding any potential legal challenges until mid-2017. In a statement [PDF] by the Article 29 Working Party (WP29), the influential body noted it was still unhappy with the final text of the agreement – which replaces the …
Kieren McCarthy, 26 Jul 2016

US govt is in, EFF told to take a hike in post-Safe Harbor wrangling over privacy and EULAs

An Irish high court judge has accepted the US government into a high-profile case involving Facebook and mass surveillance – but rejected a number of civil liberties groups including the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). In a judgment [PDF] published Tuesday, Justice Brian McGovern noted that the United States government …
Kieren McCarthy, 19 Jul 2016

Facebook! You've got 48 hours to stop tracking people

Facebook has been ordered to stop tracking people that don't have accounts with it in the next 48 hours or face daily fines of 250,000 euros. The decision by a Belgian court follows a case brought by the country's privacy watchdog earlier this year in which it argued that the social media company was tracking everyone that …

Safe Harbor 2.0: Judges to keep NSA spying in check – EU justice boss

The NSA's blanket surveillance of Europeans will be subject to judicial review, according to EU Justice Commissioner Vera Jourová. At a committee meeting of the European Parliament this week, Jourová provided details of the replacement to the struck-down safe harbor framework, which until this month allowed people's personal …
Kieren McCarthy, 28 Oct 2015

Feds in America very excited about new global privacy alert system

US watchdog the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has signed an agreement with seven countries to share cross-border information relating to privacy. The new "alert" system will let regulators from America, UK, Australia, Canada, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and Norway share confidential information about ongoing …
Kieren McCarthy, 26 Oct 2015

Oh, OK then: Ireland will probe Max Schrems' Facebook complaints

Facebook crusader Max Schrems returned to the Irish courts today to hear the nation’s Data Protection Commissioner (the DPC) solemnly promise that yes, it would investigate data flows out of Europe. The court ordered the DPC, which had refused to investigate, to pay Schrems' costs. Four years ago Schrems filed 22 complaints …
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Oct 2015
Max Schrems

No change in US law, no data transfer deals – German state DPA

The data protection authority at the German federal state of Schleswig Holstein has declared that any and all data protection workarounds for the transfer of data to the US after the European Court of Justice's Schrems v Facebook judgment are going to be illegal. In its first declaration on the post-Schrems legal landscape, …
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Oct 2015
The view behind the boat as we exited Shoreham harbour

Want to self-certify for Safe Harbor? Never mind EU, YES WE CAN

Despite Europe’s highest court ruling it invalid a week ago, the US Department of Commerce is still implementing so-called “Safe Harbor” arrangements, and directing any questions about the whole sorry business to its European cousins. On its website the department maintains that despite “the current rapidly changing …
Jennifer Baker, 13 Oct 2015

Understand 'Safe Harbor', Schrems v Facebook in under 300 words

'Safe Harbor' is now defunct because the European Court of Justice found the following: (a) There is no general privacy law or other measures enacted in the US that shows the US offers "an adequate level of protection" for personal data relating to European data subjects; (b) Public law enforcement authorities which obtain …
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'Safe Harbor': People in Europe 'can get quite litigious about this'

Both small and large US data centre companies are walking "headlong into a legislative buzzsaw" following a landmark 'Safe Harbor' ruling this week, the founder of database software company NuoDB, Barry Morris, has said. On Tuesday the European Court of Justice struck down the 15-year-old "Safe Harbor" pact, invalidating the …
Kat Hall, 8 Oct 2015

Relax Schrems, EU-US Safe Harbour ruling coming soon

Next Tuesday, Europe’s top court will decide whether the much-discussed and sometimes controversial EU-US data sharing deal provides enough privacy protection for citizens. Less than two weeks after the opinion of the European Court of Justice's Advocate General (AG), Yves Bot, became public, the body will rule on the Max …
Jennifer Baker, 30 Sep 2015

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