Published: Thu, November 29, 2018
World News | By Sandy Lane

Facebook documents seized by MPs using rare Parliamentary mechanism

Facebook documents seized by MPs using rare Parliamentary mechanism

MPS have seized a huge haul of secret Facebook documents in a bid to unravel the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Once in a while utilized political forces were used to request that the manager of a USA programming firm hand over the subtle elements.

The Observer, which first reported the story, said the documents included data about Facebook's privacy controls.

MP Damian Collins later told the BBC that he trusted the reports were "exceptionally pertinent" to his request. Facebook has demanded their return.

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The documents were intercepted when the boss of USA software company Six4Three in possession of the cache visited the United Kingdom on business, The Observer reported.

When Kramer failed to produce these documents within the prescribed two-hour deadline, he was escorted to Parliament warned that he could face possible fines or imprisonment.

The British Parliament has obtained a set of internal Facebook documents the company has fought for months to stop from being made public, according to Facebook and a lawyer involved in a suit against the company. Although Facebook says that the claim had "no merit", it used California laws to protect those court documents. Mr. Kramer was eventually compelled to hand over the documents. "Ultimately, that order was complied with".

British lawmaker Damian Collins - who is the chairman of the DCMS committee tasked with investigating disinformation and assembled the global coalition - told NBC News Zuckerberg was "frightened of being exposed".

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Mr Collins told the paper: "We are in uncharted territory. We've failed to get answers from Facebook and we believe the documents contain information of very high public interest". "We have no further comment".

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

Last month the United Kingdom data watchdog fined Facebook £500,000 following its investigation into the Cambridge Analytica affair.

It's suing Facebook over a change to the social network's privacy policies in 2015 that led to the company having to shut down its app, Pikinis, which let users find photos of their friends in bikinis and bathing suits by searching their friends list.

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