DATAGATE: Maximilian Schrems

Individual European countries can now set their own regulation

for US companies handling of citizens data

First Reaction (PDF)

The European Court of Justice declares the Safe Harbour framework invalid as a mechanism to legitimise transfers of personal data from the EU to the US.


Maximilian Schrems (usually referred to as Max Schrems) is an Austrian privacy activist who campaigns againstFacebook for privacy violation, including its alleged violations of European privacy laws and alleged transfer of personal data to the US National Security Agency (NSA) as part of the NSA’s PRISM programme. He has founded a group called Europe v Facebook and as of February 2015 has initiated two lawsuits involving Facebook.

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