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A study of civil society organisation participation in internet governance

International Professional Fora:

A study of civil society organisation participation in internet governance

The European Court of Justice strikes down a critical data-transfer agreement between the EU and US

The European Court of Justice invalidated the “safe harbor” agreement between the United States and the European Union, leaving companies with no means to transfer personal data legally across the Atlantic.

 

The safe harbor agreement gave some 4,400 U.S. companies a relatively simple mechanism to start legally handling Europeans’ personal data, as they self-certified they abided by EU-strength data protection standards

The European Court of Justice nullified the 2000 agreement, because it doesn’t give citizens the right to complain about the handling of their data, nor does it even meet the standards set out in the Commission’s own Data Retention Directive.

The court ruled out the possibility of a no grace period for firms to establish their new arrangements as well as declined to give extra time to the European Commission, which is currently renegotiating new terms with the U.S.