UK gov’t seizes documents Facebook wanted to keep private in Cambridge Analytica battle


The UK parliament has exercised little-used powers in order to seize confidential documents relating to the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

It was in May this year that the UK government requested Mark Zuckerberg’s presence at a hearing in order to answer questions relating to the scandal, in which the data of up to 87 million users was improperly 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 at the time that ignoring such a request could have detrimental consequences in the future — and it seems this prediction has now come true.

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