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Irish Supreme Court rejects Facebook bid to block data case

Christian Fernsby |
Ireland’s Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a bid by Facebook to block a landmark privacy case, regarding the transfer of EU users’ data to the United States, being referred to Europe’s top court.

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The case, launched by Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems, is the latest to question whether methods used by technology firms to transfer data outside the 28-nation European Union give EU consumers sufficient protection from U.S. surveillance.

The case will now proceed on July 9 to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) which will assess whether the methods used for data transfers including standard contractual clauses and the Privacy Shield agreement are legal.

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