Face­book op­poses EU de­mand for data

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Front Page - By Lau­rence Dodds in San Fran­cisco

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

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