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Schrems v Facebook: 2018

The case against Facebook for breaking data privacy law, brought by law student Max Schrems, is not going to be decided for at least another year.

Schrems posted the schedule devised by the Irish High Court in his case, noting that it was "lengthy" and that it had been four years since his original complaint, and 18 months since the European Court of Justice (ECJ) had struck down the Safe Harbor agreement covering Transatlantic data flows.

Despite starting in September, the schedule gives Facebook (and the US government) until December 16, 2016 to finish its legal submission in the case. This part of the case is only deciding whether to submit another question to the ECJ about the legality of Facebook's contract clauses covering data usage.

In other words, it is likely to be 2018 before we get an ECJ judgment. Schrems made his view known on the long process with the hashtag #LongWayToJustice. ®

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