Damian Collins, a Conservative politician who is chair of the committee, prefaced the papers with a summary of what he sees as some of the most explosive revelations. These included:
- Facebook entering "whitelisting agreements" that gave companies including Netflix and Airbnb access to friends data after Facebook introduced new privacy policies in 2014-2015.
- Collins said a recurring theme of the papers was the "idea of linking access to friends data to the financial value of the [app] developers' relationship with Facebook."
- They show Facebook "taking aggressive positions against apps," Collins said. This included email evidence showing that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg personally approved a decision to deny access to data for the now-defunct Twitter video-looping app, Vine.
- Facebook made it difficult for users to know about changes it made to its Android app because they were controversial. The changes enabled Facebook to collect a record of calls and texts sent by users.