Parliament’s ethics committee voted Tuesday to subpoena Fb’s founder Mark Zuckerberg and its CEO Sheryl Sandberg to testify earlier than a world committee of parliamentarians assembly later this month to probe the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
Whereas parliamentary committees can compel witnesses to testify, it stays unclear how a Canadian parliamentary committee can power an American tech large to adjust to its subpoena.
The committee voted unanimously behind closed doorways in favour of the movement proposed by NDP MP Charlie Angus.
“We’ve got given our chair the mandate to concern a summons to Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg in the event that they select to not come earlier than the Worldwide Grand Committee,” Angus mentioned following the vote.
“We predict it is essential that they present up … The company indifference to home legislation in Canada and different international locations by Fb must be questioned.”
The Worldwide Grand Committee — made up of a number of international locations, together with Canada and the UK — is scheduled to carry its second assembly in Ottawa on Might 28. Zuckerberg refused to seem on the committee’s first assembly, held within the U.Okay.
The committee vote got here only some weeks after Canada’s Privateness Commissioner Daniel Therrien made public a report that discovered that Fb violated Canada’s privateness legislation by sharing the non-public info of Canadian Fb customers within the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Fb has disputed the report’s findings.
Cambridge Analytica is accused of harvesting knowledge of greater than 50 million Fb customers worldwide to create social media methods to assist U.S. President Donald Trump’s 2016 election marketing campaign.
Therrien plans to take Fb to Federal Courtroom to get an order for it to alter its practices, however mentioned Tuesday his workplace might not file the case till early fall.