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Ex Volkswagen executive jailed in US amid diesel scandal

Ex Volkswagen executive jailed in US amid diesel scandal

Business
A former Volkswagen executive has been sentenced to seven years in prison and a $ 400,000 (£298,778) fine, after admitting he helped the firm evade clean-air laws.Oliver Schmidt, 48, is the second person to receive jail time in the US over the diesel emissions scandal.Volkswagen first admitted in September 2015 that it had used illegal software to cheat US emissions tests. It has spent as much as $ 30bn to address US claims.US prosecutors say Volkswagen installed special software in certain diesel vehicles that allowed them to perform better during emissions tests than they did under normal driving conditions. VW emissions cheat bill hits $ 30bnVolkswagen: The scandal explainedVW papers shed light on emissions scandalDiesel cars: What's all the fuss about?The emissions were sometimes 30 ti
Getting up to speed on the Equifax data breach scandal

Getting up to speed on the Equifax data breach scandal

Technology
Equifax has been scrambling to explain itself since disclosing last week that it exposed vital data about 143 million Americans — effectively most of the U.S. adult population. It's come under fire from members of Congress, state attorneys general, and people who are getting conflicting answers about whether their information was stolen. The company keeps track of the detailed financial affairs of all Americans in order to gauge how much of a risk they are for borrowing money. That means it and its competitors, TransUnion and Experian, are a detailed storehouse of some of the most personal and sensitive information of Americans' financial lives. And all of it could be used for identity theft. Here's the latest on what you need to know about the breach: WHAT EQUIFAX IS SAYING Equifax is try