Tag: Max Schrems

ECJ Asked to Probe US-EU Facebook Data Transfers

ECJ Asked to Probe US-EU Facebook Data Transfers

It was reported this week that the Irish High Court had sought the help of the European Court of Justice to determine the legality of data transfers from EU to US by tech firms. The referral, which is to be received by the ECJ at the end of April, follows a case involving an Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems who complained against Facebook’s practice of storing the data of EU users in the US. While EU data protection law prohibits the transfer of personal data of EU citizens to a country with inadequate privacy protections, it is still to be […]

EU Court Adviser: Privacy Activist Cannot File Class Action Against Facebook Ireland

EU Court Adviser: Privacy Activist Cannot File Class Action Against Facebook Ireland

Last Tuesday, EU Advocate General Michal Bobek said that privacy activist Max Schrems cannot file a class action suit against Facebook Ireland in an Austrian court. He is, however, entitled to sue the company in his own country only on his behalf. Bobek added that consumers would just choose the country where the court would most likely be in their favor, if the suit is to continue as a class action. Schrems is alleging that Facebook had violated privacy rules and is demanding $576 in damages for each of the 25,000 signatories in his lawsuit. Source: Reuters