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Daily Dashboard | Don’t Be Fooled: The Irish Facebook Case Is About Safe Harbor’s Future Related reading: Op-ed: Why CPO job roles should not require a law degree


Analysis continues to pour in now that an Irish High Court judge has issued a preliminary judgment in a case involving Facebook that may have “sweeping consequences for U.S. e-commerce firms,” The Washington Post reports. In the case, privacy activist Max Schrems claimed Safe Harbor didn’t protect his data because he’s not a U.S. citizen. “The judge hasn’t ruled directly on the major arguments of the privacy activist,” the report states, but has referred the case to the European Court of Justice to determine the validity of the EU-U.S. Safe Harbor agreement. Schrems’ case argues that Facebook, because it founded a subsidiary in Ireland, is subject to European privacy laws. EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding has said her office has begun a review of Safe Harbor. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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