Facebook Claims Partial Victory in Austrian Privacy Case

Austrian privacy campaigner Max Schrems was partially defeated in a legal case against Facebook Ireland after an advocate general from the European Court of Justice issued a legal opinion that could complicate efforts to launch class action suits in Europe against the social media firm. The opinion states that while Schrems is free to sue Facebook Ireland, he cannot use claims domiciled outside Austria to file a class action suit against the company in Austrian courts. He seeks €500 in damages from Facebook on behalf of each of 25,000 people, over privacy violation allegations.