The ECJ today effectively struck down the ‘Safe Harbour’ Agreement that had been at the heart of data transfer policy between the EU and the US. It’s a big deal. Read more about it at the following links:

http://www.irishtimes.com/business/technology/european-court-rules-us-online-data-agreement-is-invalid-1.2380664

http://www.independent.ie/business/technology/european-court-of-justice-agreement-that-gave-us-spy-chiefs-access-to-the-online-data-of-millions-of-citizens-is-invalid-31586079.html

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/10/06/us-eu-ireland-privacy-idUSKCN0S00NT20151006

http://www.rte.ie/news/2015/1006/732665-safe-harbour-ecj/

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/eu-court-strikes-down/2173276.html

https://euobserver.com/justice/130569

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2015/10/europes-court-justice-nsa-surveilance

http://www.v3.co.uk/v3-uk/news/2429132/top-eu-court-rules-safe-harbour-invalid-leaving-us-data-transfers-in-tatters

http://www.nbcnews.com/tech/social-media/europes-top-court-backs-law-student-facebook-privacy-case-n439126

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/facebook/11913773/Facebook-can-be-blocked-from-passing-data-to-US-after-treaty-ruled-invalid.html

http://arstechnica.co.uk/tech-policy/2015/10/europes-highest-court-strikes-down-safe-harbour-data-sharing-between-eu-and-us/

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/10/06/safe_harbour_walls_come_tumbling_down/

http://www.dw.com/en/europes-top-court-declares-eu-us-data-deal-invalid/a-18763145