The Vienna Regional Court has found that a European “class action” against Facebook is not admissible on procedural grounds. Mr Schrems, an Austrian law student, is suing Facebook for €500 (US$557) in damages for each of the suit’s participants, for a total of €12.5 million in damages, arguing that Facebook has breached EU rules on data protection. The Vienna court stated that it didn’t have jurisdiction in the case because Mr Schrems used Facebook for professional reasons and therefore can’t be considered a consumer. It also said the class-action-style lawsuit that he is planning can’t be brought before an Austrian court.
Mr Schrems has announced that the case will be appealed to the Austrian Higher Regional Court.