It's been a long road for Austrian student Max Schrems' group Europe v. Facebook, but today, Schrems is celebrating. European Court of Justice (ECJ) Advocate General Yves Bot has issued his opinion in a case originally filed by Schrems alleging the U.S. National Security Agency collected Europeans' data via Facebook in violation of EU law, and it looks like Schrems' work may not have been in vain. Bot agrees with Schrems, it seems, and his opinion could mean big trouble for data transfers from the EU to the U.S under Safe Harbor—especially without changes to the role mass surveillance systems play in data access. The Privacy Advisor looks at Schrems’ reaction to today’s news.
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