British Parliament Seizes Facebook Documents Ahead of Crucial Trial

British Parliament Seizes Facebook Documents Ahead of Crucial Trial

Legal troubles don’t seem to die down for Facebook and the company finds itself further embroiled in user data misuse scandal. The legal dispute between Facebook and the app developer Six4Three has now come cross-roads with an ongoing British enquiry into the social-media giant’s privacy practices.

This has resulted in a strange twist — the British parliament has seized internal documents of the company; this is said to be an important move in the run-up to a high-stakes hearing set to take place this week. Damian Collins, chairman of U.K. House of Commons’ digital culture and sport committee, compelled Ted Kramer, founder, Six4Three, to hand over the documents using a rare parliamentary power in London recently.

What’s in the files?

Reportedly, the files contain confidential emailed correspondence regarding Facebook’s privacy and data controls that led to the Cambridge Analytica scandal earlier this year. The material is likely to have emails between Mark Zuckerberg and other senior execs at Facebook. The hearing is set to happen on Tuesday in London. It is set to be attended by the company’s vice president of policy solutions, Richard Allen, and political officials from Latvia, Canada, Ireland, and Singapore.

How is Six4Three involved in this scandal?

Six4Three is a now-defunct app development company, which developed an app called Pikinis. The app let people pay to automatically find swimsuit photos of friends or new people on Facebook. The iPhone app was shut down in 2015 after Facebook brought changes in its user data sharing policies with third-party app developers. Six4Three argues that the social media giant used anti-competitive means to drive developers away. Facebook denies that it ever traded data of its users for anything.

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