I’m glad that Doctorow linked to an article and talked about it, because I did read about it on netzpolitik.org, but they didn’t do a translation on this one and I didn’t want to link to a German article. However, it also meant that I skipped hunting for an English source.
Schrems is doing important work here and has been fighting against Facebook for a while now.
It’s an important ruling, considering that I don’t trust US privacy laws further than I can throw an NSA data center.
Here’s a quick summary of the events:
- Schrems sues, because of Facebook’s extensive privacy issues
- EU disallows that data of EU citizens is stored on US servers
- “Privacy Shield” happens, which softens that ruling and is a sort of data-sharing deal
- Schrems explains what this is bullshit (spoiler: it involves the NSA)
- The EU court stops “Privacy Shield”.
Quick sidetone: I love Doctorow’s URL hash for this entry!