An Austrian privacy activist cannot bring a class action lawsuit against Facebook for alleged privacy violations but can sue the company himself in his home country, the European Union’s highest court ruled on Thursday.
The Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) said Max Schrems could bring a case against the U.S. company under consumer law as an individual, but could not bring claims on behalf of the more than 25,000 signatories to his lawsuit. Schrems alleges Facebook has illegally violated the privacy rights of European users, including by helping a U.S. spy agency. Facebook rejects his assertions, which date back to 2014, and says it has always complied with European data protection laws.
Details may be found in an article by Julia Fioretti in the Reuters news agency’s web site at: http://reut.rs/2Gjd5Pg.