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Europe Delivers Blow To Tech Companies, By Ruling Against Data Transfer

User privacy just got a big boost, due to a European ruling that could hamper the operations of tech giants like Google and Facebook.

On Tuesday, Europe’s highest court struck down an agreement that allowed users’ personal information to be transmitted from the European Union to the United States. The agreement, generally called “Safe Harbor,” applied to surveillance agencies like the NSA, as well as companies like Google, which provided search results to online advertisers looking for information on consumers.

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