The BBC is reporting that Facebook documents have been seized by MPs using parliamentary powers to investigate the Cambridge Analytica data scandal.
…The documents were intercepted when an executive of US tech firm Six4Three was on a trip to London.
…the House of Commons serjeant-at-arms was sent to the businessman’s hotel and he was given a final warning and a two-hour deadline to comply with the order.
When the executive failed to do so he was escorted to Parliament and warned he risked fines and imprisonment if the documents were not surrendered, the paper said…
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.
“We have asked the DCMS committee to refrain from reviewing them and to return them to counsel or to Facebook.”
But Damian Collins, chairman of the Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Committee, said he believes the documents – which include emails – contain important information about how Facebook and other parties handle user data…
..In his email to Facebook public policy vice president Richard Allen, which he posted on Twitter on Sunday evening, Mr Collins
“The committee’s interest in the documents we have requested relates to their relevance to our ongoing inquiry into disinformation and fake news.
“As you know, we have asked many questions of Facebook about its policies on sharing user data with developers, how these have been enforced, and how the company identifies activity by bad actors.
“We believe that the documents we have ordered from Six4Three could contain important information about this which is of a high public interest.
“We are also interested to know whether the policies of Facebook, as expressed within these documents, are consistent with the public statements the company has made on the same issues.”