Guardian report on leaked documents shows the pains Facebook will take to fight privacy laws

According to a recent report by The Guardian based on internal documents leaked from a court case in California, Facebook has been lobbying and pressuring representatives and politicians from over 35 countries in its attempts to fight privacy laws. That much would seem pretty obvious, but the details revealed by these documents imply a greater degree of collaboration than you may expect, and potential quid pro quo actions by politicians.

A memo authored by Facebook employee Marne Levine from 2013 included in the documents is alleged to reveal communications implying collaboration between then Irish prime minister Enda Kenney and Facebook, showing Facebook’s attempts to enlist help against an “uphill battle” on the “data and privacy front” for upcoming “overly prescriptive new laws.” The memo also states that Kenney is a “friend of Facebook,” appreciative of the company’s decision to move headquarters to Dublin and that Ireland is in a position to influence EU decisions via its council presidency in 2013.

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