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Facebook scandal: Who is selling your personal data?

Facebook scandal: Who is selling your personal data?

Business
Offering handy parenting tips and £200 worth of vouchers, Emma's Diary may have seemed like the perfect website for new parents to sign up to.But in exchange for free nappies, they also gave consent for their data to be used for a mix of advertising purposes.It has now emerged that the data was sold to the Labour Party in 2017, even though the consent did not extend to political parties.The site now faces a fine for misuse of personal data.The case is part of the Information Commissioner's inquiry into political digital marketing, following the Cambridge Analytica data scandal.What began with a look at the misuse of Facebook data has now has opened a window on the complex ecosystem of online advertising, and thrown light on...
Sex trafficking bill makes Craiglist axe personal ads

Sex trafficking bill makes Craiglist axe personal ads

Technology
Craigslist has dropped personal advertisements after Congress passed a law making websites liable for promoting sex trafficking and prostitution.The Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA) drops legal protection for websites that "unlawfully promote and facilitate prostitution and websites that facilitate traffickers in advertising the sale of unlawful sex acts with sex trafficking victims".It also makes website liable for content their users post.In order to stay above the law, Craigslist has taken the decision to close its personal ads service - ensuring the tool cannot be misused.A statement from Craigslist said: "We can't take such risk without jeopardising all our other services, so we are regretfully taking Craigslist personals offline. Hopefully we can bring them back some day."To ...
Search on for personal flying machine

Search on for personal flying machine

Technology
The search is on for a mass market personal flying machine, with a $ 2m (£1.4m) competition to "make the dream of personal flight [a] reality".Sponsored by Boeing and run by start-up GoFly, the competition will encourage teams from around the world to come up with designs.Entries must be capable of carrying a person 20 miles without refuelling or recharging, with a vertical or near vertical take-off and landing.A "fly-off" will take place in 2019.GoFly founder Gwen Lighter told the BBC: "I was one of those kids who was always making crazy contraptions and throwing themselves out of trees."I, like millions of people around the globe, always dreamed of flying, and I began to realise that we were seeing a moment of convergence of technologies and were at a point in history when these personal
Personal details of nearly 200 million US citizens exposed

Personal details of nearly 200 million US citizens exposed

Technology
Sensitive personal details relating to almost 200 million US citizens have been accidentally exposed by a marketing firm contracted by the Republican National Committee.The 1.1 terabytes of data includes birthdates, home addresses, telephone numbers and political views of nearly 62% of the entire US population.The data was available on a publicly accessible Amazon cloud server.Anyone could access the data as long as they had a link to it.Political biases exposedThe huge cache of data was discovered last week by Chris Vickery, a cyber-risk analyst with security firm UpGuard. The information seems to have been collected from a wide range of sources - from posts on controversial banned threads on the social network Reddit, to committees that raised funds for the Republican Party.The informati...
Blackpool owners, the Oyston family, accused of treating club as ‘personal cash machine’ by High Court

Blackpool owners, the Oyston family, accused of treating club as ‘personal cash machine’ by High Court

Sports
The owners of Blackpool, the Oyston family, have been accused at the High Court of treating the football club as "the family's personal cash machine".Lawyers for Latvian millionaire Valeri Belokon, the club's president, were launching what could prove to be one of British football's most expensive legal actions.Andrew Green QC alleged on Monday at the start of a five-week hearing that Owen and Karl Oyston, owner and chairman of the Lancashire club, had "improperly" extracted millions of pounds from its funds following promotion to the Premier League in 2010 and used the money for their own benefit.Belokon's company VB Football Assets, a minor shareholder in the club, was excluded from key decisions, information and any share of profits, said Green.VB Football is pursing a claim against the...