Dutch court rejects Facebook's bid to have privacy lawsuit in the Netherlands dismissed

Amsterdam's court ruled that privacy litigation against Facebook can be brought in the Netherlands. This rejected the bid by two non-profit organizations to throw out the lawsuit.TechCrunch reported that the Data Privacy Foundation in Amsterdam and Dutch consumer advocacy group Consumentenbond have sued Facebook on behalf users for violating European Union privacy laws. According to the lawsuit, Facebook has not provided sufficient information about what information it collects from users and how it uses it. Therefore, it doesn't have the legal basis to process that information.Facebook attempted to block the lawsuit by claiming that the Amsterdam court does not have jurisdiction over its European business. It argues that Irish law applies to it. The Court of Amsterdam disapproved, writing in its decision that the Data Privacy Foundation could sue Facebook on behalf of Dutch users of its Facebook service.In a statement sent to The Verge, a Facebook spokesperson stated that it was reviewing the court's decision and noting that it was procedural. The company will continue to defend its position before the courts. The spokesperson stated that we care about our Dutch users and protect their privacy. We give transparency about how data is used and users have control over what data they share with Facebook.Updated July 3, 2012 at 12:22 ET: Facebook adds statement