Facebook does not have to share sensitive documents with Brussels for the time being
Facebook does not yet have to submit documents to the European Commission (EC) that, according to the company, contain privacy-sensitive information. The General Court, part of the Court of Justice of the European Union, ruled on Friday that Facebook does not yet have to comply with the request.
In the matter, which came to light on Monday, the EC asks for documents containing, among other things, the words “high demand” and “not good for us”. Brussels wants to search the documents for a total of 2,500 search terms.
An insider tells news agency Reuters that these types of texts may also appear in privacy-sensitive documents, such as job applications. The EC’s request, therefore, runs counter to the right to privacy, says Facebook.
The EC requests the documents in an investigation into the data collection and use of its online marketplace. Facebook may hinder competition with its practices. If that is the case, fines may follow, and Facebook may have to adjust its working method.
Facebook went to the Luxembourg-based General Court on July 15 because the specific data request was excessive, according to the company. The decision mainly results in time savings. Also, Facebook is not forced to hand over documents in this way, which might turn out to be illegal later on.