UK Parliament Seizes seized confidential Facebook documents from the developer of a now-defunct bikini photo searching app to investigate its data protection policies.
A British lawmaker obliged a visiting tech executive to share the files ahead of an international hearing that parliament is hosting on Tuesday to gather info into disinformation and “fake news.”
Committee Chairman Damian Collins obtained and reviewed the documents the parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee has received from the app maker Six4Three relating to Facebook.
“Under UK law & parliamentary privilege we can publish papers if we choose to as part of our inquiry.”
Six4Three acquired the files, related to a period between 2013 and 2014, as part of a U.S. lawsuit against Facebook.
The authorities are investigating the Facebook’s privacy policies in 2015 that led Six4Three to shut down its app, Pikinis. Pikinis was an app that allowed users to find photos of their friends in bikinis and bathing suits by searching their friends list.