US Seeks to Join EU Data Privacy Case
The U.S. has asked the Irish High Court to be added to an ongoing privacy case involving Max Schrems and Facebook. Schrems is challenging the right of Facebook to transfer data from the EU to the US since such information is likely to be passed on to U.S. government agencies.
This is not Schrems first foray into the arena of privacy litigation. Last year, he led a successful effort to invalidate the Safe Harbour framework, which had governed data transfers from the EU to the US. In that groundbreaking suit, Schrems claimed that the mass surveillance program by the U.S. violated EU data protection laws. Since the demise of Safe Harbour, Facebook has moved to a Model Clause framework for data transfers. However, Schrems claims that this framework is also flawed because it still permits data to be used for surveillance purposes.
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