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E.U. court finds data vulnerable to U.S. spying

The E.U.'s top court ruled to invalidate an E.U.-U.S. data privacy shield on grounds it does not adequately protect against U.S. intelligence snooping.

The Court of Justice of the European Union ruled on Thursday to invalidate a 2016 decision by the European Commission that set up an E.U.-U.S. data privacy shield, finding it does not provide tough enough protections against any snooping by U.S. intelligence services.

The ruling by the E.U.'s top court to strike down the so-called E.U.-U.S. Privacy Shield unravels the main conduit for data transfers between the 27-nation bloc and the United States. Justices cited concerns about the far-reaching nature of U.S. surveillance in the wake of U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden's leaks about American spying.

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