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Facebook faces £500,000 fine from UK data watchdog

Facebook faces £500,000 fine from UK data watchdog

Technology
Media playback is unsupported on your device 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 raised concerns about political parties buying personal information from "data brokers".Specifically it named one company used by the Labour Party, Emma's Diary, which gives medical advice and free baby-themed products to parents.Facebook said it would respond to the report "soon".The ICO also said another company - Aggregate IQ - whi...
Teen faces death for killing rapist husband

Teen faces death for killing rapist husband

World
There are only two pictures of Noura Hussein in the public domain – but each one embodies a set of deeply disturbing facts. The first photograph of the 19-year old was taken in May, three days before the young Sudanese woman was sentenced to death by hanging in a court in Khartoum.You can see Ms Hussein standing at a wooden ledge in Dar al-Ta'bat Aka prison - a facility that has doubled as her home for the past 12 months. Her face is hidden behind a corrugated metal grill but you can make out part of her left eye while one hand rests on her chin."What happened to Noura happens to every girl and every woman in Sudan," said Nahid Jabralla, the head of a Sudanese women and children's rights group called SEEMA. "It happens every single day." ...
General Electric faces fines over French jobs pledge

General Electric faces fines over French jobs pledge

Business
France is threatening to take the unusual step of fining General Electric if it fails to create a set number of jobs in the country.It is claimed the US industrial giant will renege on a pledge to produce 1,000 new jobs by the end of the year.The Labour minister Muriel Penicaud said GE would face a €50,000 penalty for every job not created.The move could be a test of President Emmanuel Macron's bid to push through more business-friendly policies.GE had committed to create a net 1,000 new jobs by the end of this year when it bought the energy business of France's Alstom in 2014. The US company was in competition for Alstom with Siemens of Germany.But GE had created only 323 jobs by the end of April, the finance ministry said last week.GE chief executi...
Sony faces growing Fortnite backlash at E3

Sony faces growing Fortnite backlash at E3

Technology
Sony chiefs are under pressure to respond to complaints about "cross-play" restrictions imposed on Fortnite.Gamers have discovered that if they had first played the title on a PlayStation console, they are unable to use the same Fortnite account with the newly released Nintendo Switch edition.This prevents them from being able to make use of outfits and other in-game purchases and rewards they had accrued.There is no such limitation when moving between the Xbox One and Switch.Gamers were already unable to share a Fortnite account between Microsoft and Sony's platforms. But the appeal of the Switch is that its portable nature allows owners to play when away from home, and...
Food security in Cambodia faces threat due to hydropower

Food security in Cambodia faces threat due to hydropower

Science
May 31 (UPI) -- New dams for hydroelectricity are altering Cambodia's Mekong River, and could threaten fish migration, livelihoods and regional food security -- and the predictable seasonal patterns that farmers and anglers depend on. A new paper from the University of Illinois and Iowa State University, published this month in the Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, suggests officials partner with locals, who have a deep knowledge of the river, to address the problem. Their knowledge, along with technical and scientific findings, is important for developing effective strategies to adapt to the changing flows and uses of the river. "Due to years of civil wars that destroyed infrastructure and hindered modernization, only a little more than half of the Cambodian population has access ...