US-EU Privacy Shield data sharing agreement struck down by court

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Much as in 2015, US surveillance practices and EU privacy law don’t mesh well.

Europe’s highest court today struck down the agreement by which companies operating in the EU are allowed to transfer data to the United States. The court ruled that the agreement leaves European customers’ data too exposed to US government surveillance.

The agreement, known as Privacy Shield, has been in place since 2016, and more than 5,000 companies operate under its terms. Boiled down, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) basically ruled that US law is too weak to protect EU citizens’ data to the extent EU law demands…