Facebook documents seized in 'unprecedented' move by United Kingdom parliament

Thursday, 29 Nov, 2018

The documents were obtained by Six4Three through legal processes in the USA, after the company took legal action against Facebook.

In what appears to be an unprecedented move, the United Kingdom parliament just gained access to documents one MP alleges have crucial information regarding the relationship between Facebook and data firm Cambridge Analytica.

They had asked for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to appear in person or by video, but he has refused.

It is believed the businessman was subsequently escorted to Parliament when he failed to comply with the order, and was warned he could face possible fines or imprisonment. "We've failed to get answers from Facebook and we believe the documents contain information of very high public interest".

But do not underestimate the MP's determination to show a global social media giant that it is not above local laws.

"We allege that Facebook itself is the biggest violator of data misuse in the history of the software industry", Kramer told CNN this summer.

What happened? Damian Collins, the chair of the select committeee on culture, media, and sport, invoked Parliament's summoning rights to force Ted Kramer, founder of the USA software firm Six4Three, to release the documents.

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"It makes it look like he's got something to hide and he's anxious that we may have information and questions we could put to him that would put him in a hard position", Collins said.

A BRITISH MP today claimed Facebook knew about potentially malicious Russian activity in 2014, long before such activity becomes public, during a parliamentary hearing where global lawmakers grilled the company.

He said: "It has not answered our questions about who knew what, when with regards to the Cambridge Analytica scandal".

In the news lately, documents alleged to contain some revelations on data and privacy controls that led to Cambridge Analytical scandal has been seized by parliament.

"This is an unprecedented move but it's an unprecedented situation", Damian Collins, the chairman of the committee investigating so-called fake news, told the newspaper.

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. "We have no further comment".