“Europe’s highest court on Tuesday struck down an international agreement that allowed companies to move digital information like people’s web search histories and social media updates between the European Union and the United States. The decision left the international operations of companies like Google and Facebook in a sort of legal limbo even as their services continued working as usual.The ruling, by the European Court of Justice, said the so-called safe harbor agreement was flawed because it allowed American government authorities to gain routine access to Europeans’ online information.
The court said leaks from Edward J. Snowden, the former contractor for the National Security Agency, made it clear that American intelligence agencies had almost unfettered access to the data, infringing on Europeans’ rights to privacy.”
The controversy surrounding US security agency surveillance of digital information located on US company owned systems in countries outside the US will continue to fester until new technology products and services are released that provide LEGAL protection of information and data. They key to legal protection is identity validation of users. Like holding an admission ticket to a public event, such “tokens” can be accepted by governments throughout the world to permit the movement of private or privileged information between honest people.
Thanks to The New York Times