(Reuters) — Facebook is suing EU antitrust regulators for in search of info past what is critical, together with extremely private particulars, for his or her investigations into the corporate’s information and market, the U.S. social media group mentioned on Monday.
Facebook has been underneath EU competitors enforcers’ scrutiny since final yr, with one investigation centered on its trove of information and the opposite on its on-line market launched in 2016 and utilized by 800 million Facebook customers in 70 international locations to purchase and promote gadgets.
The firm has since then offered 315,000 paperwork equal to 1.7 million pages to the Commission.
“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,” Facebook affiliate normal counsel Tim Lamb mentioned in an announcement.
“We think such requests should be reviewed by the EU Courts.”
The Commission mentioned it will defend its case in court docket.
EU regulators comb by paperwork in search of about 2,500 search phrases which embrace “big question”, “shut down” and “not good for us”, mentioned an individual aware of the matter.
The particular person mentioned such search phrases could possibly be present in workers’ well being info, efficiency analysis and even job functions to the corporate which aren’t related to the EU investigations.
In addition to the 2 lawsuits in opposition to the Commission, Facebook can be in search of interim measures on the Luxembourg-based General Court, Europe’s second-highest, to halt such information requests till judges rule, in response to a court docket submitting.
(Reporting by Foo Yun Chee, further reporting by Neha Malara in Bangaluru; modifying by Jonathan Oatis and Jane Merriman)