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.
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.
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.
Student group Europe Versus Facebook has tangled with the social network before, in case you couldn’t tell by its name, filing numerous complaints related to Facebook’s privacy policies starting in 2011. Now, EVF is taking on Facebook again over its alleged role in the U.S. National Security Agency’s Prism initiative, and the group is also taking on Apple, Microsoft, Skype, and Yahoo.
The next big deadline for Facebook in Ireland, where it has been working with the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner to respond to privacy concerns originally raised by Austrian group Europe Versus Facebook last October, is this October, when several privacy objectives the two parties agreed upon are due to be implemented.
A CD containing 1,222 pages of data sparked another attack on Facebook’s privacy policies, this one from a 24-year-old law student in Austria.