Facebook sued by 25,000 users over alleged privacy law violations

Facebook has found itself back in the dock over its privacy standards after 25,000 users combined to file a class action lawsuit alleging violation of EU privacy laws.

Austrian data protection campaigner Max Schrems is leading a legal challenge against the social media giant in Europe over the way the website collects and then forwards data about its members, as well as the manner in which users are monitored when they use a ‘like’ button.

Schrems also contends that Facebook was a key participant in a covert US surveillance programme known as Prism from 2007.

Due to be filed in a Vienna court the action is being targeted at Facebook’s Dublin headquarters, which oversees all accounts registered out with North America, with a compensation claim of £362 per person .

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