On September 29, 2015, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) announced that it will deliver its judgment in the Schrems vs. Facebook case on October 6, 2015. The CJEU’s judgment will be the final ruling in the case, and comes after the Advocate General’s Opinion regarding Safe Harbor earlier this week.
Typically, the CJEU delivers its ruling approximately three to six months after publication of the Advocate General’s opinion. Therefore, the timing of the CJEU’s judgment in this case is unexpected. The exact reasons for the early date are unclear, but the judgment will be very timely in light of the ongoing renegotiations of the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework between the European Commission and the U.S. government.