EU Representative Action Directive offers path for privacy class actions

24/01/2023 | Bloomberg

The new EU Representative Actions Directive, which member states were required to implement into national law before 25 December 2022, is expected to increase the number of consumer class actions across the EU once it takes effect on 25 June 2023. The Directive seeks to harmonise a patchwork of diverse and flawed national mechanisms, while avoiding abusive US-style litigation, enabling consumers to more easily bring group or collective actions for violations of consumer protection legislation. Under the Directive, representative actions can be brought for violations of 66 EU consumer protection laws, including data protection.

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