European Court's Counsel Says Data Pact May Be Illegal

A 15-year-old pact that allows the transfer of data between the United States and European Union may be illegal, according to an opinion from the European Court of Justice's top legal counsel . The decision could have far-reaching consequences for Facebook, Google, Twitter and thousands of other U.S. companies. Countries should be able to prevent data about their citizens from being sent to the U.S. if that data will be used in ways that violate citizens' rights, Advocate General Yves Bot said in his recommendation to the ECJ.