It was in May this year that the UK government asked Mark Zuckerberg to attend a hearing in order to…
It was in May this year that the UK government asked Mark Zuckerberg to attend a hearing in order to answer questions related to the scandal, where the data of up to 87 million users were incorrectly shared with a voter profiling company.
It was originally estimated that over one million UK users were impacted.
While the Facebook CEO did attend a US Congress hearing, meeting UK parliamentary members seemed to be a low priority, and Zuckerberg ignored the invitation.
We said that the time that ignoring such a request could have detrimental consequences in the future ̵
1; and it seems this prediction has now come true.
As first reported by The Guardian, the UK Parliament has now seized confidential documents relating to the Cambridge Analytica case.
The cache of internal documents, wh ich reportedly contains information about privacy and data controls as well as private emails between Facebook executes and Zuckerberg, now allegedly in the UK government’s possession.
The publication says that conservative MP and Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) chairman Damian Collins invoked parliamentary powers to send a sergeant to arms – a figure responsible for keeping order in the Commons – to a hotel where the founder of Six4Three was staying during a London business trip.
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The founder of the US company was required to hand over the documents but this request was ignored.
The Guardian zegt, at den grundlægger var så eskortert til parlamentet, og at det var fint og prison tid kunne være i hans fremtid skulle han continuous to resist. The documents then entered the government’s possession.
Collins said that “We have failed to get answers from Facebook and we believe the documents contain information of very high public interest.”
Facebook has demanded the return of data cache . The documents were originally obtained through legal discovery in the US, where Six4Three and Facebook are involved in a court case taking place in California. Six4Three alleges that Facebook has held a complete disregard for user privacy, violated trust, and has also used illegal tactics to strengthen its market position.
Facebook, in turn, says the claims “have no merit, and we will continue to defend ourselves vigorously. “
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” The materials obtained by the DCMS committee are subject to a protective order of the San Mateo Superior Court restricting their disclosure, “a Facebook spokesperson said.” We have asked the DCMS committee to refrain from reviewing them and to return them to counsel or to Facebook. “We have no further comment.”
In short, the MP said that if documents were kept under seal in the US, the UK government has the right to publish them under parliamentary privilege.
The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined Facebook £ 500,000 over the Cambridge Analytica fiasco, a fine that the social media giant intends to appeal.
While the UK government and Facebook continue to clash,
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