Austrian law student files action lawsuit against Facebook

Austrian law student files action lawsuit against Facebook

The Daily Mail has revealed in a recent report that law student and Europe-v-Facebook. org founder Max Schrems has filed a class-action lawsuit against Facebook in Austria, alleging privacy violations by the social network.

The lawsuit has been filed by Schrems, 26, with Ireland's Data Protection Commission. However, the lawsuit will be heard in Vienna's Commercial Court, in accordance with the European Union rules which enable citizens to initiate cross-border legal proceedings in their home countries. The lawsuit, filed against Facebook Ireland, will run as a class action because the Austrian law allows a group of people to transfer their financial claims to a single person.

Via the lawsuit, which Schrems has described as a "David and Goliath lawsuit," Schrems is seeking damages on behalf of Facebook users across the world for the company's alleged privacy and data protection violations.

According to the Daily Mail report released on Sunday, Schrems is demanding damages to the tune of 500 euros per user for the violations by Facebook.

Requesting the 1.32 billion Facebook users to join him in his legal battle against Facebook, Schrems expects the lawsuit to eventually be "the largest class and privacy action ever taken in Europe."

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