Trials & Litigation
Some 17,000 seek to join law student’s Facebook class action in Austria
By Martha Neil
Aug 5, 2014, 10:25 pm CDT
A class action filed against Facebook by an Austrian law student, contending that its data-collection practices violate European law, is gathering steam.
Some 17,000 users of the social media site have signed up to join in the case following a call to action by 26-year-old Max Schrems last week, Reuters reports.
The country’s law allows individuals to transfer their claims to a single individual, in this case Schrems, effectively creating a class action, the news agency explains.
Schrems said the response has been “giant, much more than expected.” Some even donated money, he said Tuesday.
Facebook declined to comment.
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