EU’s Top Court Restricts Personal-Data Transfers to U.S.

EU’s Top Court Restricts Personal-Data Transfers to U.S.

Thousands of companies will face restrictions on storing information about European Union residents on U.S. servers, after the bloc’s top court ruled that such transfers exposed Europeans to American government surveillance without “actionable rights” to challenge it.

The surprise ruling Thursday from the European Court of Justice, which invalidates a widely used EU-U.S. data-transfer agreement, is a victory for privacy activists who have long said that the U.S.’s surveillance practices should make it ineligible to store European…

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