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Austrian group makes cash call to poke Facebook

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Austrian group makes cash call to poke Facebook


An Austrian group calling itself “Europe versus Facebook”, which has filed a privacy law suit against the American social network, is launching a crowdfunding appeal to raise the money for the case.

The hearing will be held in Facebook’s European headquarters in Ireland, but the group is finding it is not so easy to tackle the giant in the Irish courts.

“What the Irish courts dealt with is partially light years away from the law. There are hundreds of thousands of individual questions, but especially in Europe, this should be an opt-in system. The user should choose if his or her data is to be processed, but the Irish are saying opt out exists, so there’s no problem,” says Max Schrems, who insists data protection is a human right.

This young Austrian privacy warrior wants Facebook users to stop posting dumb cat pictures and think a bit:

“Lawyers tell us costs are between 100,000 and 300,000 euros, it depends on how far we go. We can’t pay so much, so we founded the crowd funding platform,” he says.

So presumably Max and friends would prefer it if you did not just click on “like” when you visit their page, or post a message of support. They need euros.

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