Facebook opposes EU demand for data
FACEBOOK is resisting a demand for data from the European Union, claiming that it contains deeply private employee information that the bloc has no right to see.
The social media giant has filed appeals against two requests for documents by the European Commission, which is considering whether to launch a formal competition investigation into Facebook’s e-commerce marketplace and use of data.
The company’s lawyers argue that the Commission’s sweeping order is too broad and would gather up “irrelevant” personal information that is beyond the scope of any inquiry.
Tim Lamb, Facebook’s associate general counsel for competition, said: “The … requests mean we would be required to turn over predominantly irrelevant documents that have nothing to do with the Commission’s investigations, including highly sensitive personal information such as employees’ medical information, personal financial documents, and private information about family members of employees.”
Facebook, which itself collects data on its users’ phone contacts, web browsing activity, location, Wi-Fi networks and use of other apps, has now asked the European Court of Justice to freeze the Commission’s request until it can be ruled upon.
The Commission had not commented at the time of publication.
Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook company is resisting a request from the European Union for data, citing privacy concerns