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EU Privacy Ruling May Disrupt U.S. Tech Firms, Spy Programs

  • White House official says U.S. will give guidance to companies
  • Google, Yahoo among 4,000 companies using the rejected rule
The Google headquarters in Mountain View, California.

The Google headquarters in Mountain View, California.

Photographer: Kimihiro Hoshino/AFP via Getty Images
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U.S. Internet companies may lose billions of dollars and spy agencies may be stifled in thwarting terror plots after Europe’s highest court struck down a trans-Atlantic data-use agreement.

The U.S. Commerce Department will provide guidance to companies on how to proceed with data transfers in the wake of Tuesday’s ruling, which invalidates a 15-year-old agreement that allowed U.S. technology companies such as Facebook Inc. and Google Inc. to move European customers’ information to the U.S.