The social network giant has withdrawn its appeal of the fine levied last year, settling the case without any admission of guilt, the U.K. Information Commissioner’s Office said in a statement on Wednesday.
Employees said they discovered the company was creating a new tool that would automatically report staffers who create a calendar event with more than 10 rooms or 100 participants.
Lawmakers made it clear that they are skeptical that Facebook should be trusted with the tremendous power it has amassed over 2.7 billion global users.
The software can scan footage including from closed-circuit television to automatically match faces and license plates to a police database and pick out suspects in a crowd.
The breach was done by “exploiting a vulnerability of one of our server providers, which hadn’t been disclosed to us,” according to the company’s statement.
Facebook said the “coordinated inauthentic behavior” took aim at the U.S., North Africa and Latin America and included “proactive work ahead of the U.S. elections.”