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National Security Agency

EU privacy ruling may disrupt U.S. tech companies, spy programs

6 October 2015 (Bloomberg) -- WASHINGTON - A ruling by Europe's highest court to strike down a trans-Atlantic data-use agreement may cause disruption for U.S. Internet companies and government intelligence agencies thwarting terrorist attacks, current and former Obama administration officials said. The Commerce Department will be providing guidance to companies on how to proceed with data transfers in the wake of the ruling, which invalidates a 15-year-old agreement that allowed U.S. technology companies like Facebook and Google to move commercial data from European customers back to the U.S. "It could potentially be disruptive depending on how the Europeans choose to...