Date
18 November 2017
Max Schrems is seeking damages of 500 euros (US$667) per user for alleged data violations by Facebook. Photo: AFP
Max Schrems is seeking damages of 500 euros (US$667) per user for alleged data violations by Facebook. Photo: AFP

Privacy suit against Facebook gets 25,000 plaintiffs

An Austrian law student challenging Facebook in a Vienna court has closed the list of plaintiffs in his class action suit after 25,000 people joined the campaign alleging that the social media giant had violated users’ privacy, Reuters reported.

“We hoped for broad support, but the number … has exceeded my most optimistic expectations,” Max Schrems was quoted as saying. He filed the case only last Thursday.

Schrems, 26, has enlisted the public to help him take on Facebook, a US-listed company worth US$189 billion with 1.32 billion users worldwide.

“With this number of participants, we have a great basis to stop complaining about privacy violations and actually do something about it,” he said in a statement.

Schrems is seeking damages of 500 euros (US$667) per user for alleged data violations by Facebook, including by aiding the US National Security Agency in running its PRISM program, which mined the personal data of users of Facebook and other web services, the report said.

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