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Facebook shouldn't be appealing a tiny fine over Cambridge Analytica if it's really committed to privacy regulation, says data cop

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The UK's data watchdog is calling on Mark Zuckerberg to honour his commitment to data privacy, as expressed in his recent op-ed on regulation.

The Information Commissioner's Office said Facebook should drop its appeal of the £500,000 ($653,000) fine over the Cambridge Analytica breach in November.

It doesn't look like Facebook is going to budge.

Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham said on Monday that if the Facebook CEO is truly serious about privacy and data protection, then the company would drop its appeal against a £500,000 ($653,000) fine over the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

"In light of Mark Zuckerberg's statements over the weekend about the need for increased regulation across four areas, including privacy, I expect Facebook to review their current appeal against the ICO's £500,000 fine — the maximum available under the old rules — for contravening UK privacy laws," Denham said in a statement on Monday.

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