Facebook has agreed to pay the £500,000 ($645,000) penalty imposed by the UK Commissioner’s office which found that the company failed to safeguard user data gathered by political data firm Cambridge Analytica.
Facebook and its CEO Mark Zuckerberg have faced intense scrutiny after Cambridge Analytica obtained the personal data of as many as 87 million Facebook users. Investigations have focused on how the data was used.
Facebook will also gain access under the settlement to documents obtained by the UK government from Cambridge Analytica, which the company said it will use to further investigate the issue.
Harry Kinmonth, Facebook’s associate general counsel, said in a statement that the company wished it “had done more to investigate claims about Cambridge Analytica in 2015,” and that it has made “major changes.”
“Protecting people’s information and privacy is a top priority for Facebook, and we are continuing to build new controls to help people protect and manage their information,” Kinmonth said.
“We are pleased to hear that Facebook has taken, and will continue to take, significant steps to comply with the fundamental principles of data protection,” he added.