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Facebook taking European Union to court to block scope of antitrust probe

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The tech firm claims its employees’ privacy is being harmed by requests for documents containing keywords including “not good for us,” and wants the General Court in Luxembourg to intervene. The European Commission said it will defend the requests. (Bloomberg, Financial Times)

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Talking point: Facebook isn’t the first firm to try and limit the scope of an EU probe on privacy grounds. Cement firms failed in 2014, as did Qualcomm in 2019. Facebook itself has tried and failed to limit requests as part of this probe so far. The continued pushback comes as Mark Zuckerberg is expected to urge U.S. lawmakers conducting their own antitrust probes to instead back his firm in its clash with Chinese tech giants. This isn’t the only regulator Facebook has taken to court. In April, the firm challenged Canada’s privacy commissioner in court, similarly claiming that that investigation was too broad.