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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Facebook User Sues Irish Data Regulator over Privacy

Facebook User Sues Irish Data Regulator over Privacy

Facebook User Sues Irish Data Regulator over Privacy

Added: Thursday, March 26th, 2015
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
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Maximilian Schrems is taking his privacy campaign to the highest court in the EU in attempt to prevent American intelligence agencies from obtaining access to his personal information. The industry experts point out that his case may eventually shape international regulations over access to online data.


Maximilian Schrems is an Austrian law student, who launched his case even before Edward Snowden’s revelations about the US NSA routinely intercepting information from all kinds of online and phone communications. He initially sued Facebook over access to his personal records. Schrems eventually recovered 1,222 pages of material from Facebook, whose European headquarters are based in Ireland.

This was 4 years ago, and then Snowden’s leaks spurred Schrems on to pursue the Irish data regulator, arguing that his privacy should have been protected from security surveillance. However, the regulator declined to intervene.

The student, whose legal case has been crowdfunded, continues to insist that enterprises of the European Union should not be able to transfer information to the United States under “safe harbor” protections. Schrems currently demands that a safe harbor designation under European law should be cancelled and that the Irish regulator should audit the exchange of information instead of letting it be unexamined.

Maximilian Schrems previously lost his claim against the Irish data watchdog in the Irish high court, as the judge decided that Snowden expose had been far from surprising. However, the judge asked the European court of justice to examine whether Irish regulator is bound by safe harbor. He also agreed that Facebook users should have their privacy respected under the Irish law, saying that it needs to be demonstrated that such interception and surveillance of individuals or groups were objectively justified in order to suppress crime or ensure national security.

So, now the case of the Austrian student will be heard in Luxembourg soon. It is known that its hearings are not televised and judgment will be reserved. Maximilian Schrems claimed that the promise of a higher level of information protection is being betrayed by the European Union to serve business interests. Schrems has also formed an advocacy group named Europe v Facebook.

Mar 26th, 2015

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Date:  Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Comments (6) (please add your comment »)

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET loverSupermanKitty (2015-03-26 20:38:54)
SirSeedsAlot avatarIntel agencies do not operate under the law, even laws that state they should not spy on their own citizens. Even treaties between nations carry little to no value. The best scenario for this court is to have nations state, "You are right we will not spy on you anymore." while making people feel better as the spying continues.

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET junkieET loverSupermanSun (2015-03-26 23:06:56)
bone111 avatarHow can you sue when you agree to it in the terms and conditions ??

posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2015-03-27 01:55:11)
Embolism avatarAllowing unfettered access and dissemination of a great Britain subjects personal information to a foreign power without proof of wrongdoing or a warrant by the courts is not just wrong, but if the Americans are to be believed in Regard to Ed Snowden and his revelations to the world using illicitly obtained data, but is treason and a complete betrayal of trust.A point lost on MI6 and the UK government who work hand in glove with the NSA in spying on its citizens within the UK contrary to the interests of the very people who elect them to power,using 911 as an excuse and cloaked by the patriot act and Anti-terrorist acts they get away with this BS across the board,quote; He also agreed that Facebook users should have their privacy respected under the Irish law, saying that it needs to be demonstrated that such interception and surveillance of individuals or groups were objectively justified in order to suppress crime or ensure national security,since 2001 it has not been demonstrated to stop terrorists ,pedophile or anyone else and no significant arrests have been obtained by such global spying with the exception of David Cameron's private secretary who advocated the spying and was later found to be a pedophile himself.

posted by (2015-03-28 15:04:56)
Gaspode avatarFor Bone111 - Terms and coditions are not law. In the UK, and Ireland as far as I remember, agreeing to a companies terms and conditions does not give the company the right to breach the law nor your permission to breach it on your behalf. The best place to find examples of this is eBay where traders often state that they offer a warrenty period under 2 years or that you should seek redress from the maunfacturer in the event of a fault. Both statements are in the terms and conditions but BOTH are in breach of the Sale Of Goods Act 1979 (amended) and/or Directive 1999/44/EC. No doubt the same or similar laws operate in other countries.

posted by (2015-03-30 03:06:18)
No avatar^^ nice joke only if you're indian

posted by (2015-03-30 05:15:15)
Datashift avatarDon't use facebook, don't put things on the internet with free access across domains. You allowed it by giving it away for free.

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