Austrian can’t file Facebook class action suit: EU Court adviser

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  • Tuesday, 14 Nov 2017

Austrian lawyer, Max Schrems arrives at the Four Courts building in Dublin, Ireland, October 3, 2017. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

BRUSSELS: An Austrian law student cannot bring a class action suit against Facebook’s Irish unit over alleged privacy violations in an Austrian court, an EU court adviser said on Nov 14, but can sue the company in his home country on his own behalf. 

Arguing Facebook violated privacy rules, Max Schrems is claiming €500 (RM2,452) in damages for each of some 25,000 signatories to his lawsuit, one of a series of European challenges to US technology firms and their handling of personal data. 

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