Tack­ling on­line pri­vacy breach

Pretoria News - - BUSINESS REPORT -

BRUS­SELS: An Aus­trian law stu­dent can­not bring a class ac­tion suit against Face­book’s Irish unit over al­leged pri­vacy vi­o­la­tions in an Aus­trian court, an EU court ad­viser said yes­ter­day, but can sue the com­pany in his home coun­try. Ar­gu­ing that Face­book vi­o­lated pri­vacy rules, Max Schrems is claim­ing €500 (R8 446) in da­m­ages for each of some 25 000 sig­na­to­ries to his law­suit, one of a se­ries of Euro­pean chal­lenges to US tech­nol­ogy firms and their han­dling of per­sonal data. “A con­sumer who is en­ti­tled to sue his for­eign con­tact part­ner in his own place of domi­cile, can­not in­voke, at the same time as his own claims, claims on the same sub­ject as­signed by other con­sumers,” the EU top court’s Ad­vo­cate-Gen­eral Michal Bobek said. Such a suit would lead con­sumers to choose the place with the most favourable court. – Reuters

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