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Latest Court Case Shows How Europe Is Clamping Down On Big Tech

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Facebook’s approach to users’ data has just been dealt a major blow from the European court of justice (ECJ). In an answer to a question from Germany’s highest court, the ECJ’s advocate general whose opinion is not binding but is generally followed by the court has made an essential clarification to Europe’s data protection law to confirm that consumer associations can bring actions on behalf of individuals.

If followed by the ECJ, this will make it much easier for people to defend their rights against tech giants in future. Coming on the back of a decision by the European general court against Google several weeks ago for using its platform power to restrict competitors, it is the latest example of European regulators making the business climate increasingly chilly for the companies that control our data in sharp contrast to the US. Facebook and consent The current case is about the way that Facebook, now known as Meta, in its early years encouraged…

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