European Data Protection Digest

Austrian Students Launch Offensive Over Spying

DATA PROTECTION—EU

July 18, 2013

Max Schrems, founder of Europe v. Facebook, is leading a group of Austrian students challenging the EU-based subsidiaries of Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Skype and Yahoo following revelations they shared data with U.S. intelligence agencies, EUObserver reports. “The most interesting thing is that here in Europe we have laws on data protection, but we don’t enforce them,” Schrems said. “All these companies have set up subsidiaries in Europe to avoid taxes. They are on EU soil, so they have to abide by EU law, which says it is illegal to forward data if you cannot guarantee it is going to safe hands.”
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