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U.K. Parliament Publishes Seized Facebook Documents [bbc.co.uk]
Facebook allowed some companies to maintain "full access" to users' friends data even after announcing changes to its platform in 2014/2015 to limit what developers' could see. "It is not clear that there was any user consent for this, nor how Facebook decided which companies should be whitelisted," Mr Collins wrote Facebook had been aware that an update to its Android app that let it collect records of users' calls and texts would be controversial. "To mitigate any bad PR, Facebook planned to make it as hard as possible for users to know that this was one of the underlying features," Mr Collins wrote
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The emails show Facebook’s growth team looking to call log data as a way to improve Facebook’s algorithms as well as to locate new contacts through the “People You May Know” feature. Notably, the project manager recognized it as “a pretty high-risk thing to do from a PR perspective,” but that risk seems to have been overwhelmed by the potential user growth.
it is beyond scary that a government is willing and capable of seizing an entity's internal documents and making them public.
it is beyond scary that a government is willing and capable of seizing an entity's internal documents and making them public
many legal rights usually associated with a judicial subpoena do not apply to a Congressional subpoena. For example, attorney-client privilege and information that is normally protected under the Trade Secrets Act do not need to be recognized. (Wikipedia)
What this government did should scare people.
wasn't it lucky that the individual happened to have all these documents on him
And interesting that the docs implemented Facebook.
And that the individual happened to be employed by Six4Three
Damian Collins, the chair of the culture, media and sport select committee, invoked a rare parliamentary mechanism to compel the founder of a US software company, Six4Three, to hand over the documents during a business trip to London. In another exceptional move, parliament sent a serjeant at arms to his hotel with a final warning and a two-hour deadline to comply with its order. When the software firm founder failed to do so, it’s understood he was escorted to parliament. He was told he risked fines and even imprisonment if he didn’t hand over the documents.
Isn't the Select Committee of "the High Court of Parliament" part of the government?
the forest gets lost in the trees sometimes
We do have internet access in parts of the UK, you know.Yeah, I'm in the UK, using the internet.
"Government" is a term that can be defined in multiple ways.