Austrian law student Max Schrems and his Europe Versus Facebook group have been a thorn in Facebook’s side since challenging the social network’s privacy policies in 2011, and they are now going after bigger game: Safe Harbor, the agreement between the U.S. and the European Union that gives more than 3,000 U.S. companies — including Facebook, Google and Apple – the ability to capture personal data from European users.
Requests for Facebook user data and content restrictions in the first six months of 2014 were up some 24 percent compared with the same period of 2013, with a total of 34,946 requests, and the amount of content on the social network restricted by local laws rose about 19 percent year-over-year, according to the third global Government Requests Report, released Tuesday.
The class-action suit filed against Facebook in Vienna, Austria, by Austrian law student Max Schrems and his Europe Versus Facebook group is still alive despite its rejection by the commercial court in the city, as the regional court completed its “a limine” review and ordered Facebook Ireland to respond within four weeks.
Two Facebook Preferred Marketing Developers announced the formation of a strategic partnership, as Brazilian digital agency Riot will use the Swat.io social-media-management system from Austrian software agency Die Socialisten.
The class-action lawsuit filed against Facebook last week by Austrian law student Max Schrems and his Europe Versus Facebook group, which reached the plaintiff-imposed limit of 25,000 participants earlier this week, now just needs to find a court, as the commercial court of Vienna rejected the suit and referred it to the city’s regional court, PCWorld reported.
There was mixed news on the class-action lawsuit filed against Facebook by Austrian law student Max Schrems and his Europe Versus Facebook group, as PCWorld reported that the suit will more than likely reach the limit of 25,000 participants that was imposed by the plaintiffs, but the court in Vienna has not yet reached a decision on whether to accept the case. UPDATED: The class-action suit reached the 25,000-participant mark Wednesday.
Facebook is facing another privacy-related lawsuit from Austrian law student Max Schrems and his Europe Versus Facebook group, but this time, the class-action suit will be heard on the group’s home turf in Austria, rather than in Ireland, where Facebook’s European operations are based.
Facebook Releases Second Global Government Requests Report, Adds Requests To Restrict, Remove Content
Facebook announced the release of the second edition of its Global Government Requests Report, and this time around, it added government requests to restrict or remove content to the information it previously provided on government requests for account information.