Facebook finally faces GDPR lawsuit after getting shot down in Austrian court

Facebook finally faces GDPR lawsuit after getting shot down in Austrian court

A GDPR case against Facebook, launched by Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems, has been deemed legal under EU law after the Austrian Supreme Court’s rulingComputerWeekly reports.

Why is this a big deal? Because Facebook has been trying to block this case for five years, and winning a ruling against one of the richest companies in the world is huge news.

The case dates back to 2015, when Schrems famously filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of 25,000 Facebook users. He was seeking a ‘token level’ reward of €500 per plaintiff for violations of privacy — for a total of €12.5 million.

The lawsuit’s main concern is that the data Facebook has on EU citizens is subject to the US government’s questionable mass digital surveillance.

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