EU-US data deal sent to court
7 October, 2017
Ireland's High Court said last week it would ask the EU's top court to decide whether to ban the way in which Internet firms such as Facebook transfer users' data to the US in a case with major implications for companies. The case is the latest to question whether methods used by large tech firms to transfer data outside the EU give consumers sufficient protection from US surveillance.
Irish High Court Judge Caroline Costello said she had decided to ask the European Court of Justice for a preliminary ruling in the case. “EU law guarantees a high level of protection to EU citizens ... they are entitled to an equivalent high level of protection when their data is transferred outside of the European Economic Area,” she said.
According to the judge, there are “well-founded concerns that there is an absence of an effective remedy in US data law.” She said that a newly created US ombudsperson dealing with Europeans' complaints about US surveillance did not eliminate those concerns.