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(Last Updated On: July 28, 2020)

Facebook will be taking EU antitrust regulators to court, as they have been looking for information way past what is needed, as well as personal details, for its investigation into the social media company’s data and marketplace. 

Last year, Facebook came under pressure as the EU had one investigation aimed at its stockpile of data and another one on its online marketplace which had released in 2016 and is being used by 800 million users in 70 countries in order to buy and sell products.

Since then, the social networking giant has given 315,000 documents which are equal to 1.7 million pages to the Commission. Tim Lamb, Facebook associate general counsel said, “The exceptionally broad nature of the Commission’s requests means 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.”

The Commission will be defending its case in court. A source close to the issue said EU regulators go through documents looking for around 2,500 search terms such as “big question”, “shut down” and “not good for us”.

These kinds of phrases might be found in employees’ health information, performance evaluation or even their job applications into the company which are not pertinent to the EU investigations. 

The court filing says that, along with the double lawsuits against the Commission, Facebook is also looking for interim measures at the Luxembourg-based General Court, Europe’s second-highest, to stop these types of data requests until judges rule.


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