(Bloomberg) -- U.S. tech giants such as Facebook Inc. risk greater scrutiny from European Union privacy watchdogs after an adviser to the bloc’s highest court said a data transfer accord struck between the U.S. and EU 15 years ago is illegal.

The EU-U.S. Safe Harbor decision of 2000 “is invalid,” Advocate General Yves Bot of the EU Court of Justice said in a non-binding opinion Wednesday. The Luxembourg-based EU court follows such advice in a majority of cases.

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