We’ve all heard the stories about Facebook and their flagrant disregard for our privacy. Some of us might even know about the various ways in which our personal information is imaginatively used to generate income, for targeting adverts and for tracking our progress around the web on any page equipped with a “Like" button.
It’s a bit old hat to start whinging on about Facebook and their cavalier attitude to your date of birth, your favorite record and the name of your best friend who isn’t on Facebook but for whom you once looked.
Yep, it’s even getting terribly clichéd to even throw around adjectives such as “flagrant" and “cavalier" when discussing the matter of Facebook’s handling of its user’s data.
I mean, it’s not as if anybody actually complains is it?
Well, no one other than Max Schrems, a rather fascinating chap who has recently taken it upon himself to begin challenging Facebook on their blatant misinterpretation (or disregard) of European data protection laws. These laws cover everyone from Ireland and the UK to Romania, Greece, Norway – pretty much every single EU member state.
And Mr Schrems is pretty dogged.