peeping tom eye hole Student group to sue Facebook in Ireland over privacy issues

An Austrian student group is preparing to sue Facebook in Ireland over what it claims is poor handling of the privacy of users.

An Austrian student group is preparing to sue Facebook in Ireland over what it claims is poor handling of the privacy of users.

 
The group, called Europe-v-Facebook, has been campaigning for over a year, securing a number of changes to the popular social networking website, such as the facial recognition feature being switched off in Europe.
 
However, it does not believe Facebook has made enough changes, and it has also expressed disappointment at the Irish Data Protection Commissioner, which it said was “miles away from other European data protection authorities in its understanding of the law, and failed to investigate many things.”
 
peeping tom eye hole Student group to sue Facebook in Ireland over privacy issues
 
It said it is hoping for a “legally compliant solution” from the Irish Data Protection Commissioner, but added that it is “highly doubtful,” suggesting that Facebook has been giving the data protection authority “the runaround.” The student group is now preparing a lawsuit to bring the issue to the next level.
 
Facebook is also in trouble in the US, where a class action lawsuit over the privacy of user's “likes.” A settlement of $10 per user is being negotiated at the moment, and if successful then a similar proposal may be made in Ireland.
 
Facebook's international headquarters is in Ireland, thanks mostly to the country's low corporate tax rate and highly educated workforce. Many other top technology companies also have bases in the Emerald Isle, including Google, Apple, Amazon, eBay, and most recently Dropbox. They will likely all be watching this case closely, especially Google, since its own social network could come under scrutiny for privacy concerns.
 
Source: RTE
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