Canadian MPs among global lawmakers grilling Facebook executive in UK Parliament

Facebook faces fresh scrutiny this week from an international panel of lawmakers. Reuters
Facebook faces fresh scrutiny this week from an international panel of lawmakers. Reuters

29 November, 2018

Parliament has used special legal powers to seize a series of Facebook documents for its probe into the Cambridge Analytica data scandal.

Parliament reportedly invoked a rare mechanism to "compel" Ted Kramer, the founder of Six4Three, to hand over the documents.

A serjeant-at-arms was sent to a London hotel to seize internal Facebook papers as part of parliament's ongoing fake news inquiry, it has been revealed.

Collins' seizure, however, did not take place against Facebook itself; rather, the documents have been seized from United States software development company Six4Three after having been obtained as part of the discovery process in a lawsuit against Facebook.

The documents were taken when the boss of a USA software company - who are involved in court action against Facebook in the U.S. - came to the United Kingdom on business, according to the newspaper. It claims that Facebook gave developers access to users' data...

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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In his email to Facebook open arrangement VP Richard Allen, which he posted on Twitter on Sunday evening, Mr. Collins said a council of the House could distribute these reports under the political benefit. "We've failed to get answers from Facebook and we believe the documents contain information of very high public interest", Collins said.

'We have very serious questions for Facebook.

Facebook told the Observer: "The materials gotten by the DCMS board of trustees are liable to a defensive request of the San Mateo Superior Court limiting their revelation".

Prepare for political fireworks on Tuesday as politicians from around the world gather for an "unprecedented" hearing into disinformation, fake news and privacy on Facebook's platform, hosted by the United Kingdom parliament. The committee wanted the files, which have been sealed by a California judge, in the hope they would shed light on Facebook's privacy policies. "We have no further comment". And it has not answered our questions about who knew what, when with regards to the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Allan was responding to Canadian lawmaker Charlie Angus, who said the social media giant has "lost the trust of the worldwide community to self-police", and that governments have to start looking at ways to hold the company accountable.

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