'Sir Nick Clegg has claimed EU's new privacy regulations will threaten Facebook's business model.
The former deputy prime minister and Liberal Democrat leader started working for the social media behemoth last year.
In his role as chief lobbyist, the 53-year-old has told EU officials that plans to protect users personal messages could 'outlaw' its partnerships with online advertisers.
The proposed e-privacy regulation is being proposed by the European Commission and would mean social media firms would have to request consent of account holders to access their personal communication.
Documents obtained by The Sunday Telegraph of a meeting with Andrus Ansip, vice president of the commission said: 'Nick Clegg stated as main Facebook's concern the fact that the said rules are considered to call into question the Facebook business model, which should not be 'outlawed' (e.g. Facebook would like to measure the effectiveness of its ads, which requires data processing),' according to minutes obtained by this newspaper.
'He stated that the [existing] General Data Protection Regulation is more flexible (by providing more grounds for processing).'
Mr Ansep said firms could 'monetise data' but only after getting consent from users.
It comes after increasing concerns about social media companies and privacy - and shortly after Facebook announced it is shifting toward a 'privacy-focused' future.
In lengthy blog post on Wednesday last week, CEO Mark Zuckerberg detailed a plan to bring end-to-end encryption to Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram messaging services – confirming previous reports that the firm planned to stitch the three together.
The Facebook boss acknowledged the site's reputation, which has been tarnished in recent years as a result of its lax-approach to the protection of its users' information, and promised to rebuild its services on the principle of privacy.'
Read more: Nick Clegg claims new privacy regulations will threaten Facebook's business model as he lobbies against social media crackdowns in private meetings with EU officials
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