Summary Box: Austrian student takes on Facebook

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TAKING ON FACEBOOK: An Austrian law student has launched an online campaign aimed at forcing Facebook to abide by European data privacy laws — something the California company insists it already does.

WHAT PROMPTED IT: Max Schrems asked Facebook to send him a record of his personal data. He got back 1,222 pages of data on a CD. It included chats he had deleted more than a year ago and hundreds of other details.

COMPANY RESPONSE: Facebook insists it is allowed to hold back data that include things that are not personal information, including fraud-protection measures.