Student leading world's most effective 'user revolt' against Facebook over 'violation of European privacy laws'
An Austrian law student is possibly the first ever person to track down social networking giant Facebook's privacy laws, and is planning to take legal action in what he calls, the world's most effective 'user revolt' against the firm.
Max Schrems, 25, contends that Facebook collects too much information from its users, keeps it too long and uses it
for purposes that violate European privacy laws. He also obtained a 1,222 page data, catalogued by the social media
company, as evidence after he formally requested his file from Facebook last year.
In his complaints, he has alleged 22 privacy violations by Facebook, which include: keeping messages after senders
deleted them, sharing personal data with outside app developers, allowing users to be "tagged" in photos without their permission, among other issues, the Washington Post reports.
According to the paper, the data which offered an account of his life: from every friendship declared, every photo
uploaded, every "poke" or comment or invitation sent or received over three years of casual use, sparked an online
sensation when he posted it on a website he christened "europe-v-facebook.org," as within a few months, 40,000
other users had requested their own data.
It is through this site that he is now working towards making more Facebook users aware of what they're getting
themselves into through their casual 'social activity', and also raising money for his lawsuit, for which he recently
added a yellow "Donate" button, the paper said.