United Kingdom parliament seizes documents as part of Facebook inquiry

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The documentation, Six4Three alleges, shows that the social media company was both fully aware of the implications of its lax privacy measures and actively exploited them itself - going so far as to claim the documentation contains evidence that the loophole exploited by Cambridge Analytica to gather vast quantities of user data without explicit permission was created intentionally.

Damian Collins, chairman of the Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Committee, told The Observer: "We are in uncharted territory".

Kramer reportedly was escorted to Parliament after a sergeant-at-arms appeared at Kramer's London hotel and was threatened with fines and possible imprisonment, according to The Guardian's The Observer. This is an unprecedented move but it's an unprecedented situation.

The company is run by a group of folks who clearly care about money more than basic morality or even Facebook's stated mission to connect people and make the world better, and we'd all be better off if everyone deleted their Facebook.

He said that the documents could shed light on "whether the policies of Facebook. are consistent with the public statements the company has made on the same issues".

In a letter to Allan, Collins said the seized material "could contain important information of a high public interest" about Facebook's "policies on sharing user data with developers, how these have been enforced, and how the company identifies activity by bad actors". Six4Three is using the documents in a case in California, where they are subject to a court order prohibiting their sharing owing to the risk of prejudicing proceedings.

A Facebook spokesperson said Six4Three's claims had "no merit, and we will continue to defend ourselves vigorously". "And it has not answered our questions about who knew what, when with regards to the Cambridge Analytica scandal", Collins said.

Facebook wrote to Collins on Sunday asking him to consider hearing from the U.S. court before making the documents public.

"We have requested that the DCMS council avoid exploring them and to return them to advise or to Facebook".

A cache of Facebook documents has been seized by MPs researching the Cambridge Analytica information outrage.

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.



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