The man who took on Facebook - and won

Lawyer started his fight to protect user data seven years ago and is not about to stop

Long before the Big Tech backlash, before politicians feared the power of tech leaders and before Facebook users questioned giving up their personal information in exchange for photo updates from former schoolmates, Mr Max Schrems saw the danger of digital companies' thirst for data.

It has been seven years since the Austrian lawyer started his fight against Facebook to protect user data. Today, at 30, he is one of the most public faces in the global fight for privacy.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 08, 2018, with the headline 'The man who took on Facebook - and won'. Print Edition | Subscribe