Facebook Slapped With Privacy Class Action In Austria

Law360, Chicago (August 1, 2014, 4:03 PM EDT) -- Facebook’s Irish unit was hit Thursday with the Austrian equivalent of a class action accusing the social networking site of disregarding its users’ privacy rights, including through support of U.S. government surveillance efforts, the latest volley against Facebook from a Viennese privacy activist.

Max Schrems, founder of the consumer group Europe v. Facebook, sued Facebook Ireland Ltd. in the Commercial Court for Vienna, taking aim at the company’s alleged participation in the National Security Agency’s PRISM spy program and many of the tools and policies it...
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