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EU court decision could disrupt transfer of research data with UK

‘Indiscriminate transmission’ of data to security services found to violate EU law

A ruling of the EU’s top court appears to have reduced the likelihood of the EU being able to agree a deal with the UK that would simplify the transfer of data—including research data—between the bloc and the country, potentially hampering future research collaboration.

The 6 October ruling by the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) was on a case referred to it from a court in the UK, and regarded UK laws that can force communications providers to carry out “indiscriminate transmission” of certain kinds of data to national security services. 

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