#AceSocialNews – AUSTRIA:April.09: The legal battle against Facebook in Europe could reach a new stage on Thursday (9 April), when an Austrian court hears a civil suit filed against the American firm by Austrian citizen Max Schrems.
- Cases against Facebook have been brought by Austrian campaigner Max Schrems in Ireland and Austria. (Photo: Institute of Network Cultures/ Max Schrems)
Following revelations by the American whistleblower Edward Snowden, Schrems also alleges that Facebook co-operated with the US National Security Agency (NSA) in the "Prism" surveillance program.
The court in Vienna will hold a technical hearing in order to decide if Schrems’ case is admissible in Austria and if it can be put forward as a class action.
Facebook disputes Schrems’ right to file a civil suit in Austria on grounds that its European HQ is in Ireland.