On June 13, 2016, the U.S. government expressed its wish to join the legal proceedings brought by Max Schrems concerning the validity of international data transfers under EU Standard Contractual Clauses.

Along with the U.S. government, the Irish Business and Employers Confederation and the Business Software Alliance, an industry trade group, also informed Ireland’s High Court of their desire to be added to the case as amici curiae, or “friends of the court.”

Each party will now have two weeks to file a motion seeking permission to be heard as an amicus curiae. If granted, the party will be allowed to file a written brief, which the High Court can take into account.