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Austrian Court Throws Out Class Action Lawsuit Against Facebook

     
3:33 pm on Jul 1, 2015 (gmt 0)

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Although this case was rejected by the court, Max Schrems says he'll be appeal the decision.

I'm pretty sure this case will rumble on in some shape or form.

A court in Vienna has rejected a class-action suit against Facebook that centered on how the social network collected and used data on its 1.4 billion users. Austrian Court Throws Out Class Action Lawsuit Against Facebook [bits.blogs.nytimes.com]
Facebook had strongly denied the accusations, and late Monday, the Vienna Regional Court rejected the effort by Mr. Schrems, saying that his prominent public role in challenging Facebook’s use of personal data meant that he could not pursue the civil litigation.


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his prominent public role in challenging Facebook’s use of personal data meant that he could not pursue the civil litigation

Uh... You're only allowed to bring suit if you haven't previously complained about the thing you're suing for?

Austria is weird.
6:43 pm on July 6, 2015 (gmt 0)

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The whole thing is stupid.

If you don't want sites to collect data on you, then stay off those sites.

Really simple.

All sites collect some sort of data, some more than others, so you go out into cyberspace knowing you leave cyberfootprints which are collected, analyzed, and all sorts of stuff is aimed at you based on these things. Whats more, is facebook asks for a ton of data and people willingly cough it up. Facebook only knows what you allow it to know so after you've given them your life's story, then you have second thoughts and want to sue, really? LOL

Get over it, data mining is the future and helps bring targeted stuff vs. random garbage that has no interest to me whatsoever.

If Facebook had any balls when you sign up it would just say "we're going to collect data about you, agree by joining or just go away and tweet something instead"
7:10 pm on July 6, 2015 (gmt 0)

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If you don't want sites to collect data on you, then stay off those sites.

But then facebook, pinterest and Googleb get webmasters who don't care about their visitors privacy , to put their "tracking buttons"* on millions of "independent" sites that don't "need" them ( but they have them because "everybody else has them" ) and unless "you" ( addressing the vast majority of webmasters / users ) use "noscript"** or similar..you already got "tracked" by the 3rd party mega corp site just by clicking a link and landing on the independent site..

* or api calls, ganalytics etc ..
**I do use such tracking blockers, as would anyone sensible..it is only "too late" if you already "rolled over"..
5:01 pm on July 7, 2015 (gmt 0)

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to put their "tracking buttons"* on millions of "independent" sites that don't "need" them


Most SEOs don't like these things because the tracking systems, as I correctly pointed out many years ago, helped Google determine which link schemes were BS because those sites generated no valuable traffic therefore the links have a big fat value of ZERO. Oh boo hoo to the people building tons of crap sites to sell crap links, the days of easy money are gone, sorry.

The reality is most don't simply don't care and the handful that do make all the noise.

As far as the rest of the world, the majority have javascript enabled and simply does not care while a handful continue to tilt at windmills when they can easily disable whatever they want, nobody stops them, yet they continue to appear concerned about it all when it doesn't affect them whatsoever and the rest are OK with it so what's the point?

It's like a vegan at lunch once telling me I was eating murder and fear and I didn't care because the cheeseburger was good!

The masses do the same because just like running javascript, they don't care that their dinner was afraid right before it became a shrink wrapped delight either, and they love all those javascript enabled sites because they provide a better experience.

Likewise, they'd eat tofu instead of beef if it provided a better experience, but it doesn't.
 

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