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Worldwide coalition to quiz Facebook over data misuse

Worldwide coalition to quiz Facebook over data misuse

The parliament thus used its legal powers to seize the internal Facebook papers in an extraordinary attempt to hold the USA social media giant to account.

MPs hope the obtained documents will reveal what data and privacy controls the U.S. tech giant had before a breach that saw the data of up to 87 million Facebook users being misused by a political campaigning organisation.

He claims they may shed light on the way Facebook protects the data uploaded by web users.

According to the Observer report, Damian Collins, the chair of the culture, media and sport select committee, invoked a rare parliamentary mechanism to compel the founder of a USA software company, Six4Three, to hand over the documents during a business trip to London. In another surprising move, parliament sent a sergeant at arms to his hotel with a final warning and a two-hour deadline to comply with its order.

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

Facebook is saying first that Six4Three's case is without merit and second that for the UK Parliament to publish documents sealed by the United States courts would be hasty and wrong.

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

"We are in uncharted territory".

Collins said: "We have very serious questions for Facebook".

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.

Facebook 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".

The social media company has now asked the DCMS committee to refrain from reviewing those documents and to return them to counsel or to Facebook. "We have no further comment".

A British lawmaker took the unusually aggressive move of forcing a visiting tech executive to turn over the files ahead of an worldwide hearing that parliament is hosting on Tuesday to look into disinformation and "fake news", Facebook said in a statement. "In ignoring the inquiries of seven national parliaments, Mark Zuckerberg brought this escalation upon himself, as there was no other way to get this critical information", wrote Christopher Wylie, a whistleblower who was previously the director of research at Cambridge Analytica. The software company had invested $250,000 in Facebook and claims the media giant exploited its privacy policy.




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