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Lloyds, Halifax and Bank of Scotland customers faced payment problems

Hundreds of thousands of Lloyds, Halifax and Bank of Scotland customers were unable to make payments from their online accounts last week. Some have been facing the frustration of not being able to pay and transfer money online. Others were not able to confirm whether funds were arriving in their account. A spokesperson for Lloyds […]

Cambridge Analytica fined for ignoring ICO’s enforcement notice

A UK court has fined Cambridge Analytica £15,000 as well as a further £6,000 in costs for not responding to an enforcement notice issued by the Information Commissioner’s Office in May last year. In early 2018, Professor David Carroll, a US-based academic, made a subject access request to Cambridge Analytica, asking the firm to provide […]

MPs fury over Facebook chief Zuckerberg ‘no show’

Politicians from nine countries reacted angrily to the absence of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg at a hearing today. The event is part of an unprecedented international inquiry into disinformation and fake news. Richard Allan, Facebook’s vice-president of policy solutions, appeared in Mr Zuckerberg’s place.He said he took responsibility for deciding who appeared at which committee. […]

Facebook documents seized by MPs investigating Cambridge Analytica data breach

A cache of Facebook documents has been seized by MPs investigating the Cambridge Analytica data scandal. Rarely-used Parliamentary powers were used to demand that the boss of a US software firm hand over the details. The Observer, which first reported the story, said the documents included data about Facebook’s privacy controls. Damian Collins, MP, later said […]

Budget 2019: Tech Giants face digital service tax

Technology giants will be forced to pay tax on the sales they generate in the UK, under new plans announced in the Budget. Chancellor Philip Hammond plans to introduce a digital services tax from April 2020 following a consultation. He said “established tech giants” will be targeted rather than start-ups. Companies such as Amazon and […]

Facebook’s UK tax bills triples in a year while revenues rise by a third

Facebook paid £15.7m in tax in the UK last year, which is triple the amount it paid in the previous year. In 2016, Facebook’s tax bill rose to £5.1m, following a major overhaul of the social media firm’s tax structure. However, the company’s profits only climbed by £4m year-on-year from £58.4m to £62.7m in 2017. The […]

Amazon investigating claims that some of it’s staff sold confidential customer data to third party

Amazon is investigating claims that some of its staff sold confidential customer data to third party companies. According to a Wall Street Journal (WSJ) report, employees of the e-retailer are offering internal data and other confidential information to independent merchants who sell their goods on the US giant’s website. The practice, which violates company policy, […]

Facebook facing £500,000 fine from data Watchdog over Cambridge Analytica scandal

The UK’s data protection watchdog intends to fine Facebook £500,000 for data breaches – the maximum allowed. The Information Commissioner’s Office said Facebook had failed to ensure another company – Cambridge Analytica – had deleted users’ data. The ICO will also bring a criminal action against Cambridge Analytica’s defunct parent company SCL Elections. And it has […]