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Negotiating the Data Protection Thicket: Life in the Aftermath of Schrems

Abstract

Last week, the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) declared that the Safe Harbour agreement which allowed the movement of digital data between the EU and the US was invalid. The Court was ruling in a case brought by Max Schrems, an Austrian student and privacy campaigner who, in the wake of the Snowden revelations of mass surveillance, contested the fact that data about Europeans and others was being stored in the US by tech companies such as Facebook. Here, Orla Lynskey, an assistant professor in LSE’s Law Department, looks at some specific implications of the ruling

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