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EU Safe Harbour Ruling Should Reinvigorate Surveillance Reform Efforts

In a ruling that will reverberate across the tech sector and other industries in both the United States and Europe, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled that the EU-US Safe Harbour agreement is invalid. The ruling, which is mostly a response to revelations about the US Government’s surveillance practices, complicates the legal framework for companies that transfer their users’ data under the agreement and should generate a new round of surveillance reform efforts in both the US and Europe.

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Strike Down Safe Harbour, Says CJEU Advocate General

Today, the Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the European Union concluded that the EU should suspend the Safe Harbour agreement it has with the United States. The Advocate General’s opinion turned on the vast scope of NSA surveillance. CDT shares in the Advocate General’s conclusion that US surveillance programmes violate the privacy rights of EU citizens, and recognises that suspension of data transfers under the Safe Harbour would do little or nothing to enhance protection against indiscriminate collection of data by security agencies.

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Top European court rules that NSA spying makes U.S. unsafe for data

Intercept: Although the safe harbor provision applies to commercial data, the underlying issue is the overbroad access of U.S. intelligence agencies to European citizens data, said Jens-Henrik Jeppesen, director of European Affairs for the Center for Democracy and Technology. “Surveillance is the heart of this matter,” Jeppesen told The Intercept. “The highest court in the European Union is not satisfied with the guarantees such as they are under current U.S. laws.”

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Cyberbill vote could come up soon

Washington Examiner: “At the end of the day, if this bill becomes law, more personal information will flow unnecessarily to and other agencies, and it will be used for other than cyber, including law enforcement.”

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