New Ruling by EU Court Against U.S. Data Surveillance

News - United States (on October 07, 2015 12:23 PM)

New Ruling by EU Court Against US Data Surveillance


End of "Safe Harbor" Agreement - Sorry NSA

European Union’s Court of Justice struck down the agreement allowing American organizations to harvest data from European citizens


The decision made by the Court of Justice of the European Union on Tuesday, null and void the "Safe Harbor" agreement held nearly twenty years back between United States & Europe granting U.S. companies, firms and other organizations to transfer information across the Atlantic, by giving the reason that “European data is not sufficiently protected in the United States.”


"There should be proper limits and safeguards in place to govern national intelligence, national security access to personal data," Jens-Henrik Jeppesen, director of European Affairs at the Center for Democracy and Technology, told The Huffington Post.


This ruling is going to affect more than 4,400 U.S. and European companies which depend on the agreement to transfer data, however, according to some analysts; the National Security Agency will be at top to face the implications of verdict along with other U.S. intelligence agencies. That is why, Obama administration seems not happy with the decision as ‘according to them’ it will be no longer supportive for trade & jobs.


“We are deeply disappointed in today’s decision from the European Court of Justice, which creates significant uncertainty for both U.S. and [European Union] companies and consumers, and puts at risk the thriving transatlantic digital economy,” Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker said in a statement.


However, United States National Security Agency will no longer be able to unfettered access to European data flow under the fake umbrella to catch so called terrorists as European court views. But still, the question remained unanswered, that without being accessed, how come intelligence agencies expected to be successful to monitor and let agencies search the clues to disrupt terrorist plots.


The answer lies in creating a new framework, for how organizations manage and use data. As Theresa Pardo, director of the Center for Technology in Government at the University at Albany says, "This is a critical question that cannot only be reviewed every 16 to 18 years,"


She added, "I know that there's been a lot of attention to these questions in lots of backrooms -- how to create a new framework or revise the existing framework, including enforcement. These are critical policy questions and policy executions," And with no doubt, it “necessitates release of the updated Safe Harbor Framework as soon as possible.”


The decision by the court is also a manifestation of Edward Snowden’s prediction & view - an American privacy activist, computer professional, former CIA employee, and former government contractor who leaked classified information from the U.S. National Security Agency in 2013, and flew to Hong Kong after leaving his job at an NSA facility in Hawaii. As he tweeted,


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