Europe vs. Facebook class action attracts over 60 000 plaintiffs
Wed 27 Aug 2014, 20:00

Privacy activist Max Schrems filed suit in front of a court in his home country, Austria, and he asked the public to join him: it was possible for any Facebook user of age who is not located in the USA or Canada to join the legal battle against Facebook’s numerous alleged violations of European privacy laws. This is due to the fact that every Facebook user worldwide, living outside of the US or Canada, has a contract with Facebook Ireland Ltd. Mr. Schrems is claiming 500 Euro in symbolic damages per contributing joint plaintiff for alleged privacy violations such as Facebook contributing to NSA´s PRISM program, Graph Search, the Facebook app or third party tracking via “Like Buttons”.

Austria court considers Facebook privacy case
Sat 11 Apr 2015, 15:30

A court in Austria will rule in the next few weeks whether it has the jurisdiction to hear a class action lawsuit brought against Facebook. Some 25,000 users - led by Austrian law graduate Max Schrems - accuse Facebook of violating European privacy laws in the way it collects and forwards data.

Austrian court refers Facebook privacy case to European court
Mon 12 Sep 2016, 21:20

An attempt by Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems to have a data protection case against Facebook (FB.O) heard as a class action suit moved a step ahead on Monday when Austria's Supreme Court referred the question to the European Court of Justice (CJEU).

Facebook has questioned the right of Schrems to bring a Europe-wide class action on behalf of tens of thousands of consumers. Schrems is claiming 500 euros ($562) in damages for each of more than 25,000 signatories to his lawsuit, one of a series of European challenges to U.S. technology firms and their handling of personal data.

France adopts class action regime for data protection violations
Fri 11 Nov 2016, 00:10

The French government enacted a bill creating a legal basis for class actions against data controllers and processors resulting from data protection violations. The bill aims to facilitate access to justice for French citizens and establishes a general class action regime and includes specific provisions regarding data protection violations. These provisions go beyond the class action provisions already in place for consumers by adding, within the context of the French Data Protection Act of 1978 (“Loi Informatique et Libertés”), a right to class actions for data protection violations regardless of industry sector. Together with the changes to French data protection law ushered in by the recent Digital Republic Bill, the French government is sending a clear signal to companies regarding the importance of data protection as the compliance deadline for the GDPR approaches.

France adopts class action regime for data protection violations
Fri 11 Nov 2016, 00:10

The French government enacted a bill creating a legal basis for class actions against data controllers and processors resulting from data protection violations. The bill aims to facilitate access to justice for French citizens and establishes a general class action regime and includes specific provisions regarding data protection violations. These provisions go beyond the class action provisions already in place for consumers by adding, within the context of the French Data Protection Act of 1978 (“Loi Informatique et Libertés”), a right to class actions for data protection violations regardless of industry sector. Together with the changes to French data protection law ushered in by the recent Digital Republic Bill, the French government is sending a clear signal to companies regarding the importance of data protection as the compliance deadline for the GDPR approaches.

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.