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.