European Ombudsman’s Decision on Access to Documents Pertaining to GCHQ Surveillance

Decision in case 2004/2013/PMC on the European Commission’s handling of an access to documents request relating to the surveillance of the internet by UK intelligence services (Nov. 5, 2015)

The Ombudsman concluded that the European Commission had engaged in serious maladministration by refusing to provide valid reasons for denying the public access to its letters to UK authorities and citizens’ complaints pertaining to surveillance by the GCHQ. Continue reading European Ombudsman’s Decision on Access to Documents Pertaining to GCHQ Surveillance

Referral to the CJEU in Tele2 Sverige AB

Tele2 Sverige AB v Post- och telestyrelsen, Case C-203/15 (Reference from the Stockholm Administrative Court of Appeals (Sweden) for a Preliminary Ruling May 2, 2015)  Continue reading Referral to the CJEU in Tele2 Sverige AB

Europe v Facebook’s class action against Facebook Ireland

Maximillian Schrems v. Facebook Ireland (Vienna Commercial Ct. filed July 31, 2014)

On July 31, 2014, attorney and member of Europe v Facebook, Maximilian Schrems, filed a complaint (available in German) against Facebook Ireland Ltd. (“Facebook Ireland”) in Vienna Commercial Court. Continue reading Europe v Facebook’s class action against Facebook Ireland

International Federation for Human Rights and Human Rights League v. Persons Unknown (First Instance Ct. Brussels Dec. 3, 2013)

This complaint, brought by International Federation for Human Rights (“FIDH”) and its Belgian member organization Human Rights League (“LDH”), follows the similar action brought by FIDH and French LDH in July 2013 that is described above. Continue reading International Federation for Human Rights and Human Rights League v. Persons Unknown (First Instance Ct. Brussels Dec. 3, 2013)

Europe v. Facebook filed complaints

On June 26, 2013, Europe v. Facebook filed complaints (available in German only) with Luxembourg’s National Commission for Data Protection (the “CNPD”) against Skype’s and Microsoft’s subsidiaries in Luxembourg in regard to their transfer of Europeans’ data to the NSA under the Prism program. Continue reading Europe v. Facebook filed complaints