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In a move that could have big implications for Facebook and the EU-U.S. Safe Harbor arrangement, Ireland’s High Court has referred questions raised in a case brought by Max Schrems to the European Court of Justice (ECJ), the Irish Times reports. A recent ECJ ruling made waves after it ruled Google must delete links in the so-called “right-to-be-forgotten” case. Schrems, who started Europe-v-Facebook, has alleged Facebook illegally transferred EU citizens’ personal data out of the EU to U.S. intelligence agencies and that Irish Data Protection Commissioner Billy Hawkes wrongly interpreted EU data transfer law. A legal representative for Hawkes said the controversy was a matter for the political level, the report states. Meanwhile, EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding said a lack of judicial redress for EU citizens in the U.S. could prevent the EU from backing the Safe Harbor agreement.
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