Professor Albert Ruda

In October last year, a consumer organization sued Facebook before the courts for having
treated personal data of its users without any authorization. Relying on the consumer
protection legislation, inter alia, the claimant organization requests compensation for every
Spanish user of that social network, at an amount of minimum € 200 per user. To date, more
than 40,000 people have joined the claim. Indeed, users of social networks share large
amounts of data, sometimes without even being aware of this. The Cambridge Analytica
scandal recently revealed how exposed personal data may be in these scenarios. The paper
analyses what liability may be derived from the wrongful use of personal data extracted from
social networks from a collective redress perspective.

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