Facebook Sues EU for Infringing on Employees Privacy
Facebook has filed a lawsuit against the European Union with the European Court of Justice for infringement of personal data on its employees, the Financial Times (FT) reports. During their antitrust investigations, EU regulators requested some information, the provision of which could violate the confidentiality of personal data, according to Facebook.
Specifically, the EU asked Facebook for all documents containing a range of keywords and phrases – for example, « big question », « free » and « disconnect ». The company believes that such a request requires too much information, some of which relates exclusively to personal data of employees, including medical and financial documents. According to FT, the hearing may take place as early as September 2020.
The EU is currently investigating Facebook’s use of aggressive marketing strategies to gain an edge in the advertising market. The corporation is suspected of spying on and eliminating potential competitors. If the European Commission manages to prove Facebook’s guilt, the company faces a fine of up to 10% of its annual revenue. Based on the annual accounts of the corporation for 2019, the amount of the fine may exceed € 7 billion.