writes with news that a complaint in Irish Court against Facebook for possibly sharing personal data of EU citizens with the NSA
has escalated to the European Court of Justice which will review the continuance of the U.S./EU Safe Harbor Framework
in light of PRISM.
Under European laws, personal data of EU citizens can't be transferred to countries that don't meet EU standards for data protection. The U.S. doesn't meet those standards, but American companies have worked around this by using EU standards for the data of European citizens, even that data stored on servers outside of Europe. Now the EU's highest court will decide if this workaround is good enough — especially in light of revelations of the NSA's Prism data-mining program.