[H]ardOCP: Facebook Documents Seized by UK Government

29 November, 2018, 00:20 | Author: Orlando Hughes
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Six4Three is involved in court action against Facebook, where the documents were obtained through U.S. legal mechanisms.

The cache of papers is alleged to contain revelations surrounding the data and privacy controls that resulted in the Cambridge Analytica scandal. According to court documents, the company accuses Zuckerberg of attempting to "deliberately" mislead tens of thousands of software companies into "developing applications that generated substantial user growth and revenues for Facebook".

"We have requested that the DCMS council avoid exploring them and to return them to advise or to Facebook". When he failed to do so, he was escorted to Parliament where he was informed he faced heavy fines and even imprisonment for not complying.

"The committee used a parliamentary order to obtain documents that could be highly relevant to the inquiry", a spokesperson for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) select committee told NBC News.

The firm is engaged with court action against Facebook in the USA, where the records were acquired through lawful methodology. And it has not answered our questions about who knew what, when with regards to the Cambridge Analytica scandal, ' Collins told the Guardian following the seizure.

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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.

He criticised Facebook's lack of cooperation with his committee, and said the "documents contained answers to some of the questions we have been seeking about the use of data, especially by external developers".

United Kingdom and worldwide parliamentarians from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Ireland, Latvia and Singapore are gathering to grill Facebook's vice president of policy solutions, Richard Allan, at 11:30am local time (6:30am ET). "We have no further comment".

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.

Facebook, however, defended itself, saying that Six4Three's "claims have no merit, and we will continue to defend ourselves vigorously". The company had invested $250,000 in Facebook and claims that the media giant exploited its privacy policy.

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