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Meta Can Still Be Sued by Groups Under Data Rules, Says EU Court

  • Judges say GDPR doesn’t prevent lawsuits by consumer groups
  • Case stems from dispute between German group and Facebook
Meta Platforms headquarters in Menlo Park, California.

Meta Platforms headquarters in Menlo Park, California.

Photographer: Nick Otto/Bloomberg

Meta Platforms Inc. can still face lawsuits from consumer groups for possible violations of data protection rules, the European Union’s top court said.

The EU’s tough data protection rules that took effect in May 2018 do not prevent “national legislation which allow a consumer protection association to bring legal proceedings,” the EU Court of Justice ruled on Thursday.