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Austrian activist can sue Facebook: EU court adviser

Max Schrems is suing Facebook’s Irish division for various alleged rights violations

Austrian activist Max Schrems can sue Facebook over alleged privacy breaches, but cannot bring a class action lawsuit against the US social media giant, the adviser to the EU’s top court said Tuesday.

Schrems is suing Facebook’s Irish division in an Austrian for various alleged rights violations including tracking of user data and involvement in the US National Security Agency’s PRISM surveillance programme.

He had also lodged cases on behalf of seven other Facebook users in Austria, Germany and India.

Facebook had challenged the jurisdiction of the Austrian courts in the case, and argued that Schrems’s professional activities on his account meant he was no longer a private consumer.

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