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Facebook and others' EU-US data transfers are valid, but Privacy Shield is invalid, EU top court says

By Matthew Newman
  • 16 Jul 2020 03:45
  • 06 Aug 2020 13:05

The mechanism used by Facebook and thousands of other companies to transfer EU citizens’ data to the US has been ruled valid by the EU’s top judges. There is "nothing to affect the validity of that decision" in the EU's Charter of Fundamental Rights, the Court of Justice said today.

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Matthew Newman

Chief Correspondent

Matthew Newman is a chief correspondent for MLex and writes about data protection, privacy, telecoms, cyber security and artificial intelligence. Matthew began his journalism career in 1991 in community newspapers. He worked as a reporter in Riga, Latvia in 1993 and then moved to Chicago where he covered local news. In 1995, he became a personal finance reporter for Dow Jones Newswires, and was then transferred to Brussels in 1999. He specialized in EU regulatory affairs, including trade and telecom issues. He began covering competition for Bloomberg News as an EU court reporter in 2004. In 2010, he was named spokesman for Viviane Reding, the EU’s justice commissioner. In January 2012, he helped launch the commission’s proposal to overall data protection rules.

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