European Parliamentarians React Positively to ECJ Invalidation of U.S. Safe Harbour
Ad Law Access
October 13, 2015

Partner Laura van der Meer and government relations professional Mathias Debroux co-authored the Ad Law Access article "European Parliamentarians React Positively to ECJ Invalidation of U.S. Safe Harbour."

In the first public debate in the European Parliament to take place to date, Members of the European Parliament have expressed their support for the 6 October 2015 judgement of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) invalidating the Safe Harbour Decision that had allowed companies to process personal data from the European Union (EU) in the United States since 2000.   In Maximillian Schrems v. Data Protection Commissioner, the ECJ concluded that the general access to the content of electronic communications by U.S. intelligence authorities violates the fundamental right to respect of private life guaranteed to EU citizens and that the U.S. system therefore failed to meet the required level of data protection under EU law. Parliamentarians expressed their initial views in a meeting of the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) Committee on Monday, 12 October, at which the European Commission Legal Services presented the Schrems judgement.

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