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Recycled packaging 'may end up in landfill', warns watchdog

Recycled packaging 'may end up in landfill', warns watchdog

Science
You try to be virtuous, wiping the curdling yoghurt off a plastic pot, then putting it in the recycling bin. Perhaps you envisage the pot eventually re-incarnated as a frisbee or maybe even a plastic bench.But don’t rest easy. Your pot might get burned or buried in landfill, and you’d never know.The National Audit Office (NAO) says over half of the packaging reported as recycled is actually being sent abroad to be processed. As a result, it says, the government has little idea of whether the recyclables are getting turned into new products, buried in landfill or burned. While an illusion of success has been created by the UK’s system for recycling packaging, the NAO says, the reality may be quite different.Its r...
Facebook faces £500,000 fine from UK data watchdog

Facebook faces £500,000 fine from UK data watchdog

Technology
Media playback is unsupported on your device The UK's data protection watchdog intends to fine Facebook £500,000 for data breaches - the maximum allowed.The Information Commissioner's Office said Facebook had failed to ensure another company - Cambridge Analytica - had deleted users' data.The ICO will also bring a criminal action against Cambridge Analytica's defunct parent company SCL Elections. And it has raised concerns about political parties buying personal information from "data brokers".Specifically it named one company used by the Labour Party, Emma's Diary, which gives medical advice and free baby-themed products to parents.Facebook said it would respond to the report "soon".The ICO also said another company - Aggregate IQ - whi...
Watchdog takes aim at hotel booking sites

Watchdog takes aim at hotel booking sites

Business
Hotel booking sites must review the way they rank and display rooms, the UK's competition watchdog has said.Some sites may be making misleading claims about discounts, the Competition and Markets Authority said.It is also examining whether sites are giving a false impression of room availability and "rushing" customers into booking decisions.The CMA did not name which companies it has been investigating, but leading sites include Expedia and Booking.com.The extent to which a hotel's ranking may be influenced by the size of the commission it pays was another issue highlighted by the CMA.'Trust'The CMA, which launched its investigation into online booking sites in October, says it has sent warning letters to "a range of sites", demanding they review their p...
UK wins bid for watchdog to attribute chemical attack blame

UK wins bid for watchdog to attribute chemical attack blame

World
The UK has been successful with its bid for the international chemical weapons watchdog to be able to apportion blame for attacks. The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) voted on Wednesday to support a British-led motion for the body to have the power to attribute responsibility for attacks using banned weapons in Syria.Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson had been at the OPCW's headquarters in The Hague to push for the proposal on Tuesday.Welcoming the decision, Mr Johnson said: "Chemical weapons are an affront to human dignity and have no place in the 21st century."The international community has quite rightly come together today to strengthen the ban on chemical weapons and prevent impunity for their use."The UK has led the diplomatic efforts to secur...
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 ...