A game launched in China without government approval has landed the company behind it with a heavy fine.It is the first time such action has been taken since China reformed its gaming regulator last year.In this case, the unnamed company that fell foul of the law has been fined seven times the revenue it earned from the game, or 700,000 yuan (£75,800).Developers in China are required to seek a licence for each game they make before distributing it.Authorities said the game was a mobile title, made by a firm in Beijing.According to Abacus News, which first reported the fine, Chinese officials recently lifted a freeze on the licensing of new games but are still not approving as many titles as they used to before the freeze.China's
Facebook has agreed to pay a £500,000 fine imposed by the UK's data protection watchdog for its role in the Cambridge Analytica scandal.It had originally appealed the penalty, causing the Information Commissioner's Office to pursue its own counter-appeal.As part of the agreement, Facebook has made no admission of liability.The US firm said it "wished it had done more to investigate Cambridge Analytica" earlier.James Dipple-Johnstone, deputy commissioner of the ICO said: "The ICO's main concern was that UK citizen data was exposed to a serious risk of harm. Protection of personal information and personal privacy is of fundamental importance, not only for the rights of individuals, but also as we now know, for the preservation of a
A watchdog has penalised a local authority for trialling facial recognition on high-school students in Sweden to keep track of attendance.The Swedish Data Protection Authority (DPA) fined the Skelleftea municipality 200,000 Swedish Krona (£16,800, $ 20,700) for flouting a privacy law.The trial involved tracking 22 students over three weeks and detecting when each pupil entered a classroom.This is the first time that Sweden has ever issued a fine under GDPR. The General Data Protection Regulation, which came into force last year, classes facial images and other biometric information as being a special category of data, with added restrictions on its use.The DPA indicated that the fine would have been bigger had the trial been longer. According to technolog
The US Federal Trade Commission has voted to approve a fine of about $ 5bn for Facebook over privacy violations, according to a report.It comes after an FTC investigation into allegations that the social media platform inappropriately shared the information of 87 million users with Cambridge Analytica. Cambridge Analytica, a British political consulting firm, is now closed.The Wall Street Journal reported that the vote was 3-2 along party lines, with Republicans in support and Democrats in opposition to the fine.In most cases the Justice Department's civil division will review settlements by the FTC but it is not clear how long this will take but it could be as early as next week. Advertisement As well as t...
By John-Paul Ford Rojas, business reporter The owner of British Airways is facing a fine of £183.4m after a data breach which saw personal details belonging to 500,000 people compromised.The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has told the International Airlines Group (IAG) that BA will be penalised under the Data Protection Act, and that the fine will be equivalent to 1.5% of its worldwide turnover for 2017. BA boss Alex Cruz said the airline was "surprised and disappointed" while IAG chief executive Willie Walsh said BA would make representations to the ICO about the scale of the fine, and could appeal it.The record penalty is the first under tough new data protection rules that came into effect in 2018. Facebook was last year fined £500,000 by t