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Fishermen ‘still illegally discarding dead fish’ says report

Fishermen ‘still illegally discarding dead fish’ says report

Science
Fishermen are continuing to illegally discard dead fish back into the sea, according to a House of Lords inquiry.The inquiry looked at the impact of the ban on fishing discards six months after new rules took effect.The committee's report said the new regulations have had "little impact", but industry leaders said this was the wrong conclusion.Fishing discards were prohibited after a campaign by the chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. North Sea cod stocks fall to 'critical' level Fish discard ban 'can only harm industry' The EU regulations were designed to stop fishermen throwing unwanted fish back into the sea dead, instead obliging skippers to land them.But the inquiry report claimed little had changed since the ban came into force, with no indications of...
US regulator approves $5bn fine for Facebook – report

US regulator approves $5bn fine for Facebook – report

Business
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...
Electric cars ‘will not solve transport problem,’ report warns

Electric cars ‘will not solve transport problem,’ report warns

Science
Car use will still need to be curbed even when all vehicles are powered by clean electricity, a report has said.It warns that electrifying cars will not address traffic jams, urban sprawl and wasted space for parking.The Centre for Research into Energy Demand Solutions (CREDS) report calls on the government to devise a strategy allowing people to have a good standard of living without needing a car.The government said it was spending £2bn to promote walking and cycling. It also says it plans to spend £50bn on improving roads. However, critics accuse the government of not having a serious plan to deal with the social problems associated with mass car ownership.CREDS is an academic consortium of more than 80 academics across the UK."Car use is a massive bli
81% of ‘suspects’ flagged by police facial recognition innocent – report

81% of ‘suspects’ flagged by police facial recognition innocent – report

Technology
Four out of five people identified by the Metropolitan Police's facial recognition technology as possible suspects are innocent, according to an independent report. Researchers found that the controversial system is 81% inaccurate - meaning that, in the vast majority of cases, it flagged up faces to police when they were not on a wanted list. The force maintains its technology only makes a mistake in one in 1,000 cases - but it uses a different measurement to arrive at this conclusion.The report, exclusively revealed by Sky News and The Guardian, raises "significant concerns" about Scotland Yard's use of the technology, and calls for the facial recognition programme to be halted.Citing a range of technical, operational and legal issues, the report concludes that it is "highly possible" the...