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In a mixed-bag judgment delivered on Thursday, Europe’s highest court gave its blessing to the mechanisms used by companies to transfer European personal data around the world but struck down a major data protection deal agreed between the U.S. and the EU just four years ago, known as the Privacy Shield.

The judgment handed down by the European Court of Justice – which brings a layer of finality to the long running wrangle between Facebook and Austrian activist Max Schrems – means that companies like Facebook can continue to lawfully transfer European customer data to other parts of the world. 

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Linda A. Thompson

Linda A. Thompson is the Brussels-based correspondent for Law.com International. She writes about legal and regulatory issues related to the EU and the European Commission, as well as about lawyers and legal issues in Belgium, Luxembourg and The Netherlands. Her coverage includes the business of law at global and domestic law firms and in-house legal departments. and the impact of regulatory decisions on law firms and global companies. She can be reached at [email protected]

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