Europe’s highest court struck down Safe Harbour international agreement allowing to move digital information between the European Union and the United States. Now, it will become more difficult for the US Internet companies like Google, Facebook and Twitter to transfer the personal data of European users to save on servers in the United States.

The ruling has been caused by lower American standards of personal data protection in comparison with the European ones. Thus, the EU residents can now apply to the courts with the requirement to check the quality of their personal data protection overseas.

The main argument in court was that the American intelligence agencies had almost unfettered access to the data, infringing on Europeans’ rights to privacy.