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Facebook Faces Activist, EU Judges in ‘Schrems II’ Privacy Case

  • EU top court hears arguments on safety of data-transfer tools
  • Company says commerce could stutter if contracts are scrapped
Max Schrems
Max SchremsPhotographer: Lisi Niesner/Bloomberg
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Facebook Inc. warned the European Union’s top court that toppling a key system used by companies to transfer data out of the EU would threaten trans-Atlantic trade, in the latest twist of a six-year-old saga pitting the social media giant against privacy activist Max Schrems.

Facebook lawyers told the EU Court of Justice that the lawsuit threatens contractual clauses that companies rely on to transfer commercial data overseas. The new protocol was used as the only reliable option after Schrems won an earlier case throwing out an EU-U.S. data accord.