In Europe-U.S. Clash on Privacy, a Longstanding Schism

American and European officials working on a new agreement for the international transfer of digital data like social media posts and online search queries are at an impasse after two years of negotiations. And each side has the same excuse: It’s the other’s fault.On Tuesday, Europe’s top court struck down a 15-year-old agreement — known as safe harbor — that had allowed the flow of information across the Atlantic. The decision, by the European Court of Justice, raises major legal questions for companies like Facebook and Google about how they move the sort of data that powers their businesses.

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