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Facebook's Privacy Feud With Austrian Heads to EU's Top Court

  • Irish court rules in case pitting Max Schrems v. Facebook
  • EU top court ruling could ultimately affect thousands of firms
Photographer: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Facebook’s Inc.’s long-running feud with an Austrian privacy activist is headed back to familiar territory: the European Union’s highest court.

An Irish court passed the buck in a dispute over whether data-transfer clauses used by the social network and thousands of other companies may give U.S. spies access to users’ details.