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UK MPs seize documents expected to expose Facebook’s covert data harvesting

… from Russia Today, Moscow

[ Editor’s Note: This is a strange case where a US lawsuit between an app developer and Facebook has uncovered sealed documents that British MPs were able to snag as possible evidence of Zuckerberg’s knowledge of Facebook allowing back door mining of user data by Cambridge Analytica.

The backstory is not the case itself, but the Pandora’s box that would be opened if the Cambridge case, with its reported links to Intel agencies, was just one of many back door customers.

If such a back door, or doors existed, they would have had to be tightly controlled so that an accessor could not sell knowledge of the opening to others, hence the possible actions of top FB officials only allowing access to certain country Intel agencies.

Another possibility, which Facebook has never mentioned to my knowledge, is that it might have been hacked by malevolent actors, which would be a huge embarrassment for FB, and hence something it would want to avoid admitting.

The oddest part of the story is why British MPs would be chasing this case so hard when it could expose British Intel operatives as the perpetrators. Parliament has always had a close relationship with its security agencies and is good at keeping secrets, especially dirty laundry, behind closed doors, unless there were some political advantage.

I had thought the Cambridge case had been swept under the rug, so it is good news to know that it is still being vigorously pursued which the aggressive action below shows. We may see a Facebook judgment day yetJim W. Dean ]

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– First published … November 11, 2018

The UK Parliament has taken hold of documents from Facebook that may shed light on the online giant’s carefree approach to user privacy amid claims that it was fully aware of user data loopholes exploited by Cambridge Analytica.

The documents were seized from the founder of US tech startup Six4Three, who was on a business trip to the UK, the Guardian reported, citing MP Damian Collins, chair of the Commons select committee for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

The DCMS is in charge of investigating a siphoning of Facebook user data by UK consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica. The news on the massive data breach broke in March with Facebook later admitting the data of up to 87 million people might have been shared with Cambridge Analytica without their explicit consent.

It is alleged that the data was harvested to target the users in political campaigns, including in former UKIP leader Nigel Farage’s Leave.EU campaign.

The UK parliamentary investigators used the former Six4Three top executive’s brief stay in London to force him to hand over documents his firm had obtained from a US court in Six4Three’s own lawsuit against Facebook.

The Guardian reported that the tech entrepreneur was warned he might go to jail or face a hefty fine if he refuses to comply with the British authorities’ request.

The documents, which are now to be reviewed by the British MPs, are said to include a confidential correspondence between Facebook’s senior officials, including Mark Zuckerberg, who has so far snubbed requests to testify before parliament.

The lawsuit Six4Three, an app-developing startup, brought against Facebook back in 2015, alleges that Zuckerberg was personally involved in a “malicious and fraudulent scheme” and deliberately left loopholes for data-harvesting companies to fend off competition.

The documents are expected to reveal the scope of the Facebook CEO’s involvement in the alleged scheme.

“We have followed this court case in America and we believed these documents contained answers to some of the questions we have been seeking about the use of data, especially by external developers,” Collins said.

Six4Three is in a long-running litigation with Facebook over the demise of its app Pikinis, that allowed users to scan through friends’ photos in an automatic search for bikini pics. After Facebook disabled the function that allowed apps to access users’ friend lists, Six4Three filed a complaint against Facebook, arguing that it hurt its business model by no longer permitting customers to share the data.

Facebook argues that the allegations of its improper handling of personal data have nothing to do with the lawsuit and had unsuccessfully fought the release of its internal documents to Six4Three. The documents were provided to the startup by the San Mateo Superior Court in California and are subject to a non-disclosure order, meaning that are unlikely to be revealed to the public.

In response to the seizure of the documents by British MPs, Facebook has urged lawmakers “to refrain from reviewing them” while calling to “return them to counsel or to Facebook.”

Zuckerberg has previously denied that he knew of illegal harvesting of user data by Cambridge Analytica before the breach was reported in the media.

It is alleged that Facebook’s off-hand approach to personal data might have helped to alter the outcome of the Brexit vote. In March, former director of research at Cambridge Analytica, Chris Wylie, testified before MPs that the research carried out by a Canadian company with ties to Cambridge Analytica before 2016 Brexit referendum might have swayed the vote.

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17 Replies to “UK MPs seize documents expected to expose Facebook’s covert data harvesting

  1. Exclusivity is an important part of marketing to the wealthy. Ask Hockney.

    Brexit and Trump came as a package. The same year Leicester Foxes won the title. There are many young people in Zuckerberg generation who have no fear of sharing anything, and who have a genuine benevolent view of the world. What they need to understand, is open source data, at the onset, however exciting, will be seized upon by bad actors, and used in nefarious ways. Hope and optimism while virtuous and infectious, do bring vulnerability in this sector, as attention of the masses is all that is needed to use data as an opinion forming cocktail with disastrous results. Send the new princess to cook dinner for the peasants, but don’t let them know what they are eating. Healthy mistrust of the British, is integral to understanding the long game.

    1. But Trumps not a Globalist right ? https://theintercept.com/2018/11/26/cloud-act-data-privacy-us-tech-companies/ multiple fox in hen house red flags
      ” The possible agreement stems from the Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data Act, or CLOUD Act, for which Justice Department officials have lobbied since 2016 and which President Donald Trump signed into law in March.
      In addition to requiring American tech companies to provide data on U.S. citizens when served with a warrant, the CLOUD Act allows for so-called executive agreements between the president and foreign governments. These agreements, the first of which would be with the United Kingdom, would empower foreign law enforcement agencies to order U.S. tech companies to produce data about individual users without a warrant, so long as the search target is not a U.S. citizen or resident.”

  2. Keep on eye on those Wikipedia pages, I believe they edit the facts away, as if we didn’t already know that, too.

    Does Zuckerboy file his canines? He cut his eye teeth on what exactly?

    LMFGAO – the “G” is for goy!

  3. The fact that this nasty little jooboi remains in control of farcebook makes my blood boil. Speaking of boils, that’s what Zuckerturd is, a boil on the backside of America and the world. A pus filled boil ready to explode all over everything. A boil that needs lancing…pronto.
    Arrogance and conceit are the main characteristics of creeps like him. Self righteousness is one thing but when someone like Zuckerturd amasses so much power and abuses it accordingly, he becomes nothing more than a little dictator; a little zionist dictator.
    It’s time for someone to really take the bull by the horns here but I don’t expect anyone in congress to do anything, especially the liberals/Democrats who suck up to him the way the alt right sucks up to tRump.
    It appears that no one in Washington really cares. Why should they? They all have comfortable little lives while others are being sent off to the middle east to commit war crimes for Pisrael.
    Zuckerturd doesn’t care either. The rest of us are stupid goyim to be used a cannon fodder for Pisrael and serve the zionist agenda.
    So if your data is sold off to some black site run by the scumbag british government, why should he care? He doesn’t.
    As far as I’m concerned he should be lured into a foreign Consulate, suffocated with a plastic bag over his head, chopped into little pieces and the dissolved in acid.
    Then send his head to Nuttubombyou.

    1. There are PLENTY of other sites where that came from. You just need to know how to look.

      The “rating” site that has DESTROYED businesses from coast-to-coast, whose CEO is one smarmy looking character who appears, to me, to be one blow line away from a massive coronary — its name is the sound a dog makes when you step on it — ruined businesses for fun an profit. When the MSM was worth their salt . . . they have done exposes about this, people have filed massive lawsuits in San Francisco, no less, against this company . . . and still they continued to give out their gold stars, or not. Extortion is what they used to call that and they get off . . . with it.

  4. people claim to be upset by jewish practices yet they rush to FB…creating untold billions of dollars to be used against them.

    go figure .

  5. Another smokescreen. MP’s investigating an arm used by the British Goverment to spy on the public.

    SCL (The parent company of Cambridge Analytica) carries a secret clearance as a ‘list X’ contractor for the MOD. A List X site is a commercial site on British soil that is approved to hold UK government information marked as ‘confidential’ and above. Essentially, SCL got the green light to hold British government secrets on its premises.

    Former Cambridge Analytica employee Brittany Kaiser also told the committee she had seen documents in which Nigel Oakes, the co-founder of the SCL Group, and the head of its defence division, revealed the company’s audience-targeting methodology was for several years “export-controlled by the British government”.

    “That would mean that the methodology was considered a weapon,” she said. “Weapons-grade communications tactics – which means we had to tell the British government if that was going to be deployed in another country outside the United Kingdom.”
    Well worth a read.
    https://neilsandersmindcontrol.com/index.php/neils-blog/cambridge-analytica-part-two

  6. I have never used Facebook, but I go a step further than that, if I hear a business ad saying ” like us on facebook” I boycott that business,
    I just figure they are complicit in the Zuckerberg, Sandberg, Netanyahu agenda.
    Speaking of boycott (protest with your money): At this holiday season, make sure you boycott all diamonds from Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
    Boycott all wine from occupied Golan Heights.

    1. Outstanding Sarge! Catch up when you can on the current corporation boycott list from BDS.

      Weapons grade non shopping season!

      Watch for the Israeli barcode when in doubt! The mark of the beast barcode starts with 729.

    2. Yes, but how easy is it going to be to boycott anything made in China, since that state has become more Orwellian by the day especially since it began the “social credit system” that effectively isolates people. On the other hand China isn’t waging a genocidal war on the Palestinian people , trying to persuade America to attack Iran thereby causing America to waste its blood and treasury in disastrous, stupid wars in the middle east for the zionist tribe.
      But yes, we need to keep the BDS alive and well and as for those scumbag politicians in South Carolina who voted to outlaw the BDS movement, well, what does one expect when 75% of the population there are brain dead, inbred, backwoods xtian zionists.

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