Class-Action Suit vs. Facebook to Austria’s Supreme Court

The next stop for the privacy-related class-action lawsuit filed against Facebook in Vienna is Austria’s Supreme Court.

The next stop for the privacy-related class-action lawsuit filed against Facebook in Vienna is Austria’s Supreme Court.

TechCrunch reported that Austria’s Supreme Court will rule on whether the lawsuit can be treated as a class-action suit.

Austrian law student Max Schrems and his Europe Versus Facebook group initially filed the class-action suit against the social network in August 2014, citing several examples of alleged privacy violations by Facebook.

A court in Vienna rejected the lawsuit in June, saying that it had no jurisdiction over the case.

Schrems said in a statement, as reported by TechCrunch:

It would not make a lot of sense for the court or the parties before it to file these claims as thousands of individual lawsuits—which we can still do if a class action is not allowed. We therefore think that the class action is not only legal, but also the only reasonable way to deal with thousands of identical privacy violations by Facebook.

Facebook responded with a brief statement, according to TechCrunch:

We’re awaiting the decision.

Readers: How do you think this will play out?