Facebook goes head-to-head with an Austrian privacy activist on Tuesday in Europe’s top court.
Max Schrems claims the social media platform does not sufficiently protect the data of EU citizens when it is shipped across the Atlantic.
The landmark case puts at stake the legality of so-called standard contractual clauses, complex legal mechanisms that allow companies to move data freely from Europe all over the world. Firms use these to transfer digital information between their various hubs worldwide.
Schrems is to argue it runs against EU privacy rules, as it allows US national security agencies extensive access to Europeans’ digital data.
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