United Kingdom confiscates internal documents of Facebook to investigate privacy practices

29 November, 2018, 00:14 | Author: Essie Rivera
  • Fake news:UK seizes confidential Facebook documents

Facebook has cautioned Collins that these documents, from 2013 and 2014, were compiled as part of a "meritless" legal case that the small tech company was bringing against Facebook, and the documents were "sealed" by the American courts, meaning they weren't supposed to be seen by outsiders.

A cohort of worldwide lawmakers is trying to turn up the pressure on Facebook, grilling one of its executives and making a show of founder Mark Zuckerberg's refusal to explain to them why his company failed to protect users' data privacy.

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

"We have asked the DCMS committee to refrain from reviewing them and to return them to counsel or to Facebook".

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 UK parliamentary committee investigating "fake news" compelled the founder of a software company to hand over documents linked to a legal dispute the company has with Facebook in the United States.

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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.

"We are in uncharted territory", Collins, told the Observer.

Tensions between the MPs and the company have risen since Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg twice refused an invitation to attend the meeting or answer questions via video link. 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. "We have no further comment".

The UK Parliment has confiscated all the internal documents of Facebook in an investigation to answer the privacy concerns around the social network.

Collins' seizure, however, did not take place against Facebook itself; rather, the documents have been seized from U.S. software development company Six4Three after having been obtained as part of the discovery process in a lawsuit against Facebook. It claims that Facebook gave developers access to users' data...

Mr Allan is actually Lord Allan, a former Liberal Democrat MP given a peerage by Nick Clegg, who in a unusual turn of events has now become Facebook's global public-relations and policy chief.

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