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Facebook Takes EU To Court For Privacy Invasion

The Financial Times has reported that Facebook has taken the European Union (EU) to court for invading the privacy of its employees under its antitrust investigations into the tech giant.

As part of the investigation into whether Facebook engages in anticompetitive behaviour, EU regulators have demanded that Facebook hand over internal documents that contain 2,500 specific phrases.

Facebook has claimed that this would result in the company providing a wealth of unrelated data that is highly sensitive, effectively violating the privacy of its employees.

“We are cooperating with the commission and would expect to give them hundreds of thousands of documents,” Tim Lamb, Facebook’s Competition Lawyer, told the BBC.

“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.”

One area that the probe is looking into is whether Facebook is hurting competition in the classified advertising market by promoting its own Marketplace.

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