Top EU court rules member states can’t have unfettered access to phone & internet users’ data in blow to Big Brother tactics

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In oral remarks, lawyers representing the European states urged the court not to impose restrictions on data collection, claiming their surveillance programs relate to national security and fall outside the jurisdiction of the EU.

The ruling comes several months after the ECJ determined that an EU-US pact that regulated the flow of EU user data to the United States was invalid, stating that US national security laws were insufficient for shielding Europeans from American government snooping.

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