25 Oct Top Court Ruling on Privacy Could Put Facebook at Risk in EU
It has been reported that the non-binding opinion recently issued by an advocate general of EU’s Court of Justice could put Facebook Inc. at risk of getting into a mess of privacy-related legal battles across the 28 nation bloc.
The opinion was given on a case which involves a German-made “fanpage” that gathered data from its visitors by storing a cookie on their computer. The case led a German court to inquire with the ECJ whether Germany’s data protection watchdog had any jurisdiction over Facebook, who maintains that only the Irish data regulator had power over it.
If EU’s top court should follow the recommendation that advocate Yves Bot had given last Tuesday, regulators in each nation will be granted the power to go after the social media giant whenever they think it has committed illegal data processing.