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EU Judges US Surveillance Law

The Irish High Court is considering a potential landmark case on the legality of transferring personal data from the European Union to the United States. A large portion of E.U. data transfers operates under “Standard Contract Clauses” (SCCs), boilerplate language widely adopted in written agreements. A central issue in Schrems v. Facebook is whether U.S. surveillance, when conducted within the U.S., is so pervasive that data transferred to the U.S. via SCCs lack “adequate” protection of privacy.

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