Sunday 15 December 2019

Facebook campaigner fears court action cost

Ed Carty

A PRIVACY campaigner says he faces going bust over a battle to find out what Facebook tells US spy chiefs unless he gets commitments on legal costs.

Austrian law student Max Schrems sought an audit on the back of the expose of the Prism surveillance operation.

The High Court in Dublin has deferred sending the case to the European Court after the activist said he first wanted assurances on potential costs.

"I'm taking on the possible liability of a couple of hundred thousand euro in this case. There's no need to go bankrupt over it," Mr Schrems said.

Mr Schrems wants Facebook to release the information it has sent to America's National Security Agency.

It is hoped that the case can be referred to the court on July 16.

Irish Independent

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