It was reported this week that the Irish High Court had sought the help of the European Court of Justice to determine the legality of data transfers from EU to US by tech firms.

The referral, which is to be received by the ECJ at the end of April, follows a case involving an Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems who complained against Facebook’s practice of storing the data of EU users in the US.

While EU data protection law prohibits the transfer of personal data of EU citizens to a country with inadequate privacy protections, it is still to be determined if the US-EU Privacy Shield legally allows such cross-border data transfer if the US is considered to provide an adequate level of data protection.  

Source: Reuters

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