An Austrian student group calling itself Europe v Facebook has announced that it plans to sue Facebook in Ireland’s court system. The group claims that Facebook is not complying with European privacy protection laws.
BBC News noted, “Europe v Facebook is unhappy about ‘half-hearted solutions’ following an audit by the Irish Data Protection Commissioner. The group says it will take the IDPC to court for what is sees as failures to implement the changes.” It added, “Despite the fact that, under Irish law, it will have to take the IDPC to court rather than Facebook, the group still sees it as a battle with the social network.”
Reuters ran a statement from the group, which said, “We are hoping for a legally compliant solution from the Irish data protection authority. Unfortunately, that is highly doubtful at the moment. Therefore we are also preparing ourselves for a lawsuit in Ireland.”
In a separate story, eWeek’s Nathan Eddy reported the results of a Nielsen study which found that “Facebook remains the most-visited social network in the U.S. through personal computers (PCs) (152.2 million visitors), mobile apps (78.4 million users) and mobile Web (74.3 million visitors), and is multiple times the size of the next largest social site across each platform. The site is also the top U.S. web brand in terms of time spent, as some 17 percent of time spent online through personal computers is on Facebook, according to the study.”