Nov 14, 2017

Facebook critic Max Schrems faces partial setback

An Austrian privacy campaigner seeking to stop Facebook from transferring personal data out of the EU has been dealt a partial setback by one of Europe's top law officers. Max Schrems has been told that he is unlikely to be able to bring a "Class action" style case against Facebook's Irish unit in one of Austria's courts. The activist said that pursuing a personal case would still "Enable us to debate the illegal practices of Facebook in an open court for the first time". For its part, Facebook has limited itself to saying: "Today's opinion supports the decisions of two courts that Mr Schrems's claims cannot proceed as 'class action' on behalf of other consumers in Austrian courts." The advice given to Mr Schrems came from the European Court of Justice's Advocate General, Michal Bobek.

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