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.
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 may soon be looking for some French translators, as PCWorld reported that French consumer-protection group UFC-Que Choisir issued summonses to the social network, along with Twitter and Google, to appear before the Paris High Court due to unclear portions of their user agreements, particularly those portions that are not in French.
The Electronic Privacy Information Center and the Center for Digital Democracy — which filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission earlier this month against Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of cross-platform messaging company WhatsApp, alleging that the privacy of current WhatsApp users will be affected by Facebook’s use of their information — filed an update with the FTC Friday, in response to a blog post by WhatsApp Co-Founder and CEO Jan Koum earlier this week.
Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of cross-platform mobile messaging company WhatsApp, announced last month, became the target of privacy groups, as the Electronic Privacy Information Center and the Center for Digital Democracy filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, alleging that the privacy of current WhatsApp users will be affected by Facebook’s use of their information.
Facebook is caught in the middle of conflicting rulings by courts in Germany, as a decision by the Higher Court of Berlin that the social network’s friend finder violates the country’s law clashes with an April 2013 ruling by the Administrative Court of Appeals of the State of Schleswig-Holstein, which stated that Germany’s data-protection laws should not apply to Facebook, as its European headquarters are in Ireland.
The inevitable has drawn closer: Facebook-owned photo-sharing network Instagram confirmed that it will begin introducing advertising into its feed “in the next couple of months.”