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The EU’s data transfer tools are legal, says european court adviser in Facebook privacy case

FILE PHOTO: Facebook logo can be seen on a mobile phone, it is in this image on 2 December 2019 at the latest. (REUTERS photo/Johanna Geron/Image/File Photo

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) – Tools used by hundreds of thousands of companies, for the transfer of data to foreign countries will be permitted if they provide adequate level of protection of the right to privacy, an adviser to Europe’s highest court said on Thursday, marking a win for Facebook in its seven-year legal dispute with the Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems.

“Standard contractual clauses for the transfer of personal data to processors established in third countries should be valid,” Henry Saugmandsgaard Øe, the attorney-general at the Luxembourg-based Court of justice of the court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), wrote the following in a non-binding recommendation.

Schrems had argued that Facebook’s use of such clauses is not sufficient to protect data integrity. The court will follow these recommendations, and in four out of the five cases, this will occur in the next few months.

Reporting by Michele Sinner; writing by Foo Yun Chee; editing by Philip Blenkinsop

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