The fine was first imposed in July 2018, but Facebook appealed the verdict. The ICO should be asked to share the materials that led to its decision, and the alleged bias of the ICO should be taken into account. A few months later, the ICO appealed against Facebook. Now both sides have agreed to drop their appeals. Facebook will pay the fine but there will be no “disclaimer”.
In a statement, Facebook Director and Associate General Counsel Harry Kinmonth said:
“We are pleased to have reached an agreement with the ICO, and as we said earlier, we would have liked to do more to investigate the allegations about Cambridge Analytica in 2015. At that time, we fundamentally changed our platform and updated the information regarding the App significantly limited developers could access it. ”
Facebook believes that protecting privacy and security of users is a top priority, and the company will continue to work with the ICO to investigate the use of data analytics for political purposes.