An Irish High Court judge has granted an unprecedented application by the US government to be joined to a major legal action over whether existing EU-US data transfer channels unlawfully breach the privacy rights of EU citizens.
Mr Justice Brian McGovern said he was satisfied that the US government has a “significant and bona fide interest” in the outcome of the case.
He was giving his reserved judgment on applications by the US government and several other parties to be joined as amicii curiae (assistants to the court on legal issues) to the action by the Irish data protection commissioner aimed at deciding the validity of channels – known as standard contractual clauses (SCCs) – being used for daily EU-US data transfers.
Original Source: Computer Weekly
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