AUSTRIA: ‘ FACEBOOK’S LEGAL BATTLE OVER DATA PRIVACY COULD SEE NEW DAY IN COURT ‘

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#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.

Schrems, a 27-year old privacy campaigner, is accusing Facebook of compiling its users’ personal data in violation of Austrian and EU legislation.

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.

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