Parliament seizes cache of Facebook documents in ‘unprecedented move’

Parliament seizes cache of Facebook documents in ‘unprecedented move’

Parliament seizes cache of Facebook documents in ‘unprecedented move’

Conservative MP Damian Collins, the Guardian reports, then "invoked a rare parliamentary mechanism" that compelled Six4Three's founder-who was on a business trip in London-to hand over the documents, which reportedly "contain significant revelations about Facebook decisions on data and privacy controls that led to the Cambridge Analytica scandal".

The businessman allegedly did not comply and was taken to parliament and warned he risked fines and imprisonment if he did not hand over the documents.

The documents, which had been turned over to Ted Kramer, the owner of Six4Three, a company suing Facebook for privacy data abuse, were shared with Kramer's lawyers through the legal process of discovery, where a party of a lawsuit can obtain evidence from the other.

Mr Collins told the paper: "We are in uncharted territory".

Damian Collins and Mark Zuckerberg
Damian Collins has repeatedly requested Mark Zuckerberg testify to MPs

The firm is involved in court action against Facebook in the U.S., where the documents were obtained through legal procedures. "Ultimately, that order was complied with". "We've failed to get answers from Facebook and we believe the documents contain information of very high public interest".

Facebook had yet to respond to a BBC request for comment, but told the Observer: "The materials obtained by the DCMS committee are subject to a protective order of the San Mateo Superior Court restricting their disclosure. We have no further comment".

Facebook has appealed against the fine, claiming that the watchdog found no evidence that United Kingdom users' personal data had been shared inappropriately and the penalty was therefore unjustified. They apparently include sensitive information such as email correspondence between senior executives with the company and founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

Six4Three has claimed that the papers illustrate how Facebook bosses deliberately created the loophole that enabled an app developer to harvest for Cambridge Analytica the data of millions of the social network's users without their consent or knowledge.

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