Facebook Ireland vs Europe: Largest privacy class action underway

Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems claimed that Facebook was tracking internet use on external sites, “including the use of the ‘like’ button”. 

“Our aim is to make Facebook finally operate lawfully in the area of data protection”, he explains. “We are only claiming a small amount as our primary objective is to ensure correct data protection.”

The class action, which has the support of 60,000 Facebook users, also brings analysis of user data through big data systems into question, including the belief that they could be supporting the US Prism surveillance programme. 

It seems that the Vienna Regional Court has now ordered Facebook to respond. “The first step in the legal procedure is hereby taken,” an update on the report proclaimed. “Facebook Ireland may be able to get an extension of this time limit of additional four weeks. If Facebook Ireland would refuse to submit a counter statement the court would be able to make a judgment in absence based on the lawsuit.”

This isn’t the only time that Schrems has led a campaign against Facebook. In June, his allegations that “Facebook passes personal data to the National Security Agency”, was referred to the European Court of Justice.

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