Extract from Derek Scally's article "Max Schrems files first cases under GDPR against Facebook and Google"
European data protection bodies have promised to work closely with their Irish colleagues on multi-billion-euro complaints filed by Austrian privacy campaigner Max Schrems against Facebook and Google.
Hours after new EU data protection laws came into force on Friday, Mr Schrems launched his latest challenge to Facebook, and a new suit against Google, accusing them of “coercing” users into accepting their data collection policies.
The complaints strike at the heart of the big tech companies’ business model: providing “free” online services in exchange for user profiling based on collecting of user data.
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