A lawsuit filed in Austria against Facebook over the company’s privacy policies has gathered over 11,500 participants since Friday, raising the claim against the company to €5.75 million (US$7.7 million), complainant Europe-v-Facebook said Monday.
“It is much more than we expected,” said privacy campaigner and Europe-v-Facebook front man Max Schrems. The group is trying to get €500 in damages on behalf of every backer.
That amount is “rather low” compared to similar cases, where courts have awarded amounts ranging from €750 for minor violations up to €2,000, Schrems said. The €500 figure was chosen to get an amount that would be meaningful for Facebook, while not having a “crazy U.S. class action where it is all about the money,” he said.
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