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August 4 2015

Europe's Highest Court Delays Decision in Safe Harbor Case

On June 9, 2015, Max Schrems tweeted that the advocate general of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) will delay his opinion in Europe v. Facebook, a case challenging the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework. The delay may allow the U.S. and EU to conclude their negotiations regarding updating the Safe Harbor Framework before the ECJ issues an opinion that could impact the Framework. Although certain issues concerning the national security exemptions to the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework still need to be resolved, the negotiations are expected to be concluded within weeks. In his case against Facebook, Schrems challenges the Irish Data Protection Commissioner 's claim that the Safe Harbor agreement precluded the agency from stopping data transfers from Ireland to the U.S. by Facebook.