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25,000 EU citizens are unlikely to get compensation for Facebook’s alleged privacy violations

The Next Web Tuesday, 14 November 2017 ()
25,000 EU citizens are unlikely to get compensation for Facebook’s alleged privacy violationsIn 2015, Max Schrems, an Austrian privacy activist and lawyer, 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. Schrems’ main concern with the lawsuit is that the data Facebook has on EU citizens is subject to the US government’s questionable mass digital surveillance. Until now, that concern has been bounced around courts across Europe, but today, the European Advocate General, Michal Bobek, came to somewhat of a conclusion (PDF). Hang on, I know it’s a…

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