Safe Harbour

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Austrian lawyer and privacy activist Max Schrems. The case before the Court of Justice of the European Union focuses on data transfer template agreements, known as standard contractual clauses (SCCs). Photograph: Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images

At long last, a critical Irish data privacy case this week wended its somewhat tortuous and costly way to the Court of Justice of the European Union ((...)

Max Schrems’s  case prompted the European Court of Justice decision over the Safe Harbour agreement. Photograph: Collins Courts

Hooray! Transatlantic transfers of digital data are once again safe to continue, thanks to a new deal between the EU and US called EU-US Privacy Shiel(...)

Austrian Max Schrems, whose complaint to the Irish Data Protection Commissioner about his personal data being made available by Facebook to US intelligence services, will now be investigated by the commissioner.  Photograph: John Thysjohn thys/AFP/Getty Images

The Data Protection Commissioner has agreed to investigate a complaint by Austrian student Max Schrems alleging Facebook Ireland is making his persona(...)