20 Jul European Court of Justice Presides Collective Action Suit Opposing Facebook
Last July 19, the European Court of Justice (CJEU) held a hearing to determine the validity of a collective action suit against social media giant Facebook.
Austrian data protection advocate Max Schrems took the case to the Austrian Supreme Court in September 2016, claiming privacy rights damages on behalf of 25,000 local and foreign consumers.
CJEU is assigned to examine the validity of Schrems’ collective action case, whether he is eligible to be called a consumer even if he only used Facebook privately. And if so, as an individual consumer, he is allowed to bring forth other consumers’ complaints even if they reside in other European countries and non European nations.
It is likely that similar collective complaints against companies like Facebook will be easier to file if the CJEU rules in favor of Schrems’ case.