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EU court rules against Facebook class action
Thu 25 Jan 2018, 14:20

The European Court of Justice in Luxembourg on Thursday ruled that Austrian privacy campaigner Max Schrems cannot lodge a class action suit against Facebook Ireland. Schrems was seeking to stake the collective claim on the behalf of 25,000 people. The judges instead said he can file an individual case. Schrems maintains that Facebook violates the privacy of European-based users.

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The Bulgarian EU Council presidency and the latest assault on ePrivacy
Wed 7 Feb 2018, 19:00

In January 2018, the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union picked up where the Estonian Presidency left off on the ePrivacy Regulation. It issued two examinations of the last Estonian “compromise” proposal and asked national delegations for guidance on some issues. Together, the documents cover most of the key points of the text. While the Bulgarian Presidency brings clarity on some points, its questions pave the way to undermine the text – and therefore threatens the protection of citizens’ privacy, confidentiality of communications of both citizens and businesses, as well as the positions of innovative EU companies and trust in the online economy.

New U.S. CLOUD Act is a threat to global privacy
Wed 7 Feb 2018, 19:40

This bill, however, would give law enforcement around the globe — though particularly in the U.S. — more access to users’ private data without sufficient privacy protections.