In a case that could transform the way in which data crosses the Atlantic, Facebook told the European Union’s highest court Tuesday that EU-U.S. trade would be severely harmed if a data-sharing agreement were ruled illegal.

Arguments have begun at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg in a case that addresses claims that the U.S. does not sufficiently protect Europeans’ data when it is shipped across the Atlantic. At stake are so-called standard contractual clauses—legal mechanisms that allow companies to move data freely from Europe to the U.S., Asia and other locations.

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