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U.K. watchdog: Cambridge Analytica must release U.S. voter data

U.K. watchdog: Cambridge Analytica must release U.S. voter data

World
May 5 (UPI) -- A British watchdog ordered Cambridge Analytica's data controller to turn over all information it's collected on American voters or face criminal prosecution.The U.K. Information Commissioner's Office, an independent authority, issued an enforcement notice to the consulting firm Friday, according to the Guardian.SCL Elections, a British affiliate data controller for Cambridge Analytica, has been ordered to comply or appeal the order within 30 days or it could face criminal prosecution.The ICO notice stems from David Carroll, an associate professor at Patterson School of Design in New York. Carroll appealed to the ICO for the consulting firm to share the personal data it gathered on him. Carroll asked Cambridge Analytica to release his data a year before word got out that the ...
View: India's banking system requires stronger watchdog

View: India's banking system requires stronger watchdog

Finance
By Ila PatnaikTo many economists, the solution to India’s bad-loan crisis appears as obvious as the problem: Privatize state-owned banks, which have racked up billions more in soured loans and performed much worse than their private-sector counterparts. Yet, unless the government first strengthens its ability to supervise all banks, public and private, selling some of them off will be slim guarantee against another crisis. One can understand the urge to privatize. A long-mooted bankruptcy law finally passed last year allows any single creditor to initiate the bankruptcy process. This has disrupted the earlier cozy system, whereby banks hid the full extent of their soured loans and the Reserve Bank of India, which oversees the sector, looked the other way. As bad loans tumbled out of the cl
Sky Bet failed to protect vulnerable customers, says watchdog

Sky Bet failed to protect vulnerable customers, says watchdog

Business
Sky Bet is to pay £1m for "failing to protect vulnerable customers", the Gambling Commission has said.It did not stop problem gamblers even after they had asked to be banned from its websites, the watchdog said.Sky Bet chief executive Richard Flint said the firm accepted that it "needed to do more" to stop self-excluded gamblers from opening duplicate accounts.He added that Sky Bet had tried to return the money that was gambled.People who feel they are having trouble controlling their gambling can ask betting firms to refuse their service.But 736 self-excluded Sky Bet customers were able to open and use duplicate accounts, the Gambling Commission said.In addition, about 50,000 people who had excluded themselves received marketing emails, texts or push notifications through a mobile app. An
Pesticides put bees at risk, European watchdog confirms

Pesticides put bees at risk, European watchdog confirms

Science
Most uses of insecticides known as neonicotinoids represent a risk to wild bees and honeybees, the European Food Safety Authority has confirmed. The use of neonicotinoids has been restricted in the European Union since 2013, following earlier risk assessments. Nations will discuss a European Commission proposal to extend the ban next month.Neonicotinoids are the world's most widely used insecticide.The new assessment considered more than 1,500 studies on the impacts of three neonicotinoids - clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam."There is variability in the conclusions, due to factors such as the bee species, the intended use of the pesticide and the route of exposure," said Jose Tarazona, head of the European Food Safety Authority's pesticides unit. "Some low risks have been identi...
Brexit: Environment watchdog planned says Gove

Brexit: Environment watchdog planned says Gove

Science
A new environment watchdog to protect UK wildlife, land, water and air once Britain leaves the European Union is being planned by the government.Environment Secretary Michael Gove said the body would hold the powerful to account and deliver a green Brexit.The plans come amid concerns that environmental regulations enshrined in EU law could be lost after Brexit.Mr Gove told the Andrew Marr Show standards would not be sacrificed as part of a potential US free trade deal.Wildlife prioritisedMr Gove wants the watchdog to be independent of government - able to speak its mind freely, he said, with clear legal authority.Writing in The Telegraph, he said the watchdog would have "real bite" but did not outline exact planned powers.He said it was important that environmental enforcement and policym...