FOR SURE, THIS  legal  tangle is about limiting what Facebook can do. And Taking sides on big data  vs. privacy is a very complex issue. 

BUT AT !WOW!   -the World Students Society Computers-Internet-Wireless and Sam Daily Times ::::::::::  -"The Voice Of The Voiceless" :::::::::::

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The outside world is getting more and complex by the minute. For example, just a few weeks ago, one regulatory agaency filed a complaint against NOMI, a retail tracking company- that uses Mobile phones signals to monitor shopkeepers' movements in stores.

According to the complaint, the company had failed to live up to its commitment
to inform shoppers about the store surveillance and allow them to opt-out.........

LAW STUDENT MAX SCHREMS  CONCERN ABOUT ONLINE data traces back at least to 2011 and a college class in California.

In the class, said Student Max Schrems,...   employees of Coast technology companies expressed open disdain for Europe's tough data protection rules. which enshrine a person's right to privacy as fundamental human right.

After returning to Europe, he began a lengthy campaign against the type of data that Facebook collected on its users, including information on their  'physical locations'.

To rein in the company's efforts, Mr.Schrems filed multiple complaints with the Irish data protection watchdog, which is responsible for policing the social network's activities in its International Headquarters in Dublin.

That lead to three month of audit of how Facebook collected data,  and changes to the way the company obtained and used people's online information.

Unhappy with how Ireland's regulator managed his case,  Mr. Schrems intensified his campaign. He appealed to the country's highest court, which referred the case to the European Court of Justice, the region's top court.

A preliminary decision is expected by the end of June on whether Facebook and other companies can continue transferring data between Europe and the United States.

Many American technology giants rely on moving online information between the regions to feed their business models like personalized digital advertising.

If the European rules in favour of Mr. Schrems , those practices could be drastically curtailed. 

Law Student Schrems also  filed a separate Austrian class-action lawsuit against Facebook after collecting more than  75,000  online signatures.

He said that the company had violated Europe's privacy rules  -accusations that Facebook  strongly denies  -and that his side could receive up to $14 million if he wins the case.

A decision not expected early 2016.

"This is about limiting what Facebook can do with Europeans'  data," said  Mr. Schrems, who remains active on the social network despite his legal disputes.

"How much  should they be allowed to dig into the souls of their users? That's what we are fighting for."

Big European companies are also pushing for stronger oversight of Facebook, including the region's well connected telecommunications industry.

After Facebook bought WhatsApp, the Internet messaging service, last year for $19 billion, many of Europe's cellphone carriers lobbied hard for the region's antitrust regulators to review the deal.

Carriers say it gives Facebook virtual monopoly over how people send messages on their smartphones.

Europe's antitrust authorities, however, eventually approved the takeover. 

Yet lawmakers are now looking into whether Facebook's messaging services should be regulated like those offered by traditional carriers.

And industry executives say that as the social network starts to offer other services like phone calls through the company's many smartphone applications, Facebook should play by the same rules that now apply to traditional mobile operators.

''We can't forever be living in a world where we compete with one arm tied behind our back and they don't,"  Pierre Louette, deputy chief executive at Orange,  the former French telecommunication monopoly, said in reference to Facebook.

"Our two worlds are colliding. Now that the world's have met, we're all competing for people's attention."  

With respectful dedication to the Students, Professors and Teachers of the world. See Ya all on !WOW!   -the World Students Society Computers-Internet-Wireless:

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