The European Unions Court of Justice has invalidated an agreement that allowed Facebook and other tech firms to transfer data from EU states to the US. The ruling calls for better privacy protections.
The ruling invalidated a US-EU data flow agreement called ‘Privacy Shield’ after finding that safeguards put in place to protect internet users’ information from surveillance were insufficient and incompatible with EU law.
“The requirements of US national security, public interest and law enforcement have primacy, thus condoning interference with the fundamental rights of persons whose data are transferred to that third country,” the court argued.
Washington said it was “deeply disappointed” by the decision.
Thursday’s decision also called on EU data protection authorities (DPAs) to ensure that privacy regulations are fully enforced.