Max Schrems

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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 ((...)

Beneath a mesh, looking like a giant golden jellyfish, more than 300 gold-upholstered seats of the CJEU filled up long before 9am with lawyers, law students and observers.

It was a full house on Tuesday morning in the cavernous main chamber of Luxembourg’s Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). Beneath a mesh, l(...)

Counsel for Facebook, the US federal government and tech industry groups warned the court that invalidating the main legal instrument used for Facebook’s EU-US data transmissions would have huge knock-on effects for European businesses and citizens.

Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) has asked Europe’s highest court to invalidate Facebook’s main transatlantic data transmission channel, c(...)

Max Schrems, Austrian  privacy activist. Photograph: Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images

Six years after Max Schrems launched his privacy battle against Facebook, the Austrian campaigner returns this morning to Europe’s highest court for a(...)

Facebook argued before the Supreme Court last January it is entitled to appeal the referral

The Supreme Court has dismissed Facebook’s appeal over a High Court decision to refer key issues concerning the validity of European Commission decisi(...)

Austrian lawyer and privacy activist Max Schrems  opposed the appeal  arguing Facebook had failed to identify an error by the High Court

The Supreme Court will rule on Friday on Facebook’s appeal over a High Court decision to refer key issues concerning the validity of European Commissi(...)

Facebook argued before the Supreme Court last January that it is entitled to appeal the referral and also disputed several of the High Court’s findings. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty

The Supreme Court will rule by June 6th on Facebook’s appeal over a High Court decision to refer key issues concerning the validity of European Commis(...)

France’s data protection office’s pursuit of Google is viewed as a significant test case. Photograph: PA Wire

Google has decided to challenge this week’s €50 million penalty from French privacy regulators, who claim it has fallen short of the all-important dis(...)

The High Court Facebook judgment was given in proceedings by the Data Protection Commissioner rising from complaints by Austrian lawyer Max Schrems (above) that the transfer of his personal data by Facebook to the US breached his data privacy rights as an EU citizen. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The Supreme Court will rule on a later date on Facebook’s appeal over the referral to the Court of Justice of the EU of key issues concerning the vali(...)

Michael Collins SC, for Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon (above), said the Supreme Court should not interfere with the High Court judgment directing a reference to the ECJ over the transfer channels.

Facebook wants to alter High Court findings on issues concerning the validity of EU-US data transfer channels because it “doesn’t like them” and does (...)

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