Britain to fine Facebook over data breach Jul 12, 2018 0 325 12345 AFPLONDONBRITAIN'S data regulator said on Wednesday it will fine Facebook half a million pounds for failing to protect user data, as part of its investigation into whether personal information was misused ahead of the Brexit referendum.The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) began investigating the social media giant earlier this year, when evidence emerged that an app had been used to harvest the data of tens of millions of Facebook users worldwide.In the worst ever public relations disaster for the social media giant, Facebook admitted that up to 87 million users may have had their data hijacked by British consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica, which was working for US President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign.Cambridge Analytica, which also had meetings with the Leave.EU campaign ahead of Britain's EU referendum in 2016, denies the accusations and has filed for bankruptcy in the United States and Britain."In 2014 and 2015, the Facebook platform allowed an app... that ended up harvesting 87 million profiles of users around the world that was then used by Cambridge Analytica in the 2016 presidential campaign and in the referendum,"Elizabeth Denham, the information commissioner, told BBC radio.The ICO added that it plans to issue Facebook with the maximum available fine for breaches of the Data Protection Act -- an equivalent of $660,000 or 566,000 euros. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Sale of guillotine divides France Jul 12, 2018 0 371 Trump presses NATO members to double defence spending Jul 12, 2018 0 298 Italy's Salvini calls for 'guarantees' before letting rescued migrants land Jul 12, 2018 0 657 NATO invites Macedonia to start membership talks BRUSSSELS NATO on Wednesday invited Macedonia to start talks to join the alliance after Skopje reached a deal with Greece in a long-running row over the country's name. Alliance chief Jens Stoltenberg said .. One dead, one missing as Spanish fishing boat sinks BUENOS AIRES One person has died and another is missing after a Spanish fishing vessel sank off Argentina on Wednesday, but 25 crew members have been rescued, the Argentine Navy said. The crew of the Dorneda were found at .. Surviving member of neo-Nazi murder cell jailed for life MUNICH The only surviving member of a German neo-Nazi cell behind a shocking series of racist murders was sentenced on Wednesday to life in prison, capping one of the longest and politically charged trials of the post-war .. Swiss court jails Thai woman over human trafficking GENEVA A Swiss court on Wednesday sentenced a Thai woman to 10 and a half years behind bars for her role in a forced prostitution ring, in one of Switzerland's biggest ever human trafficking cases. The regional Bern .. French film legend Deneuve wins Japan's top art prize PARIS The veteran French actress Catherine Deneuve was awarded one of the world's most lucrative arts prizes on Wednesday. The star of such classics as 'The Umbrellas of Cherbourg' and 'Belle de .. Palin tears into 'sick' British comedian over being pranked NEW YORK Sacha Baron Cohen is back and Sarah Palin is not amused. The US former vice presidential nominee and ex-Alaska governor has launched an extraordinary attack on the British comedian for duping her to take part in .. US envoy plays down Trump's UK in 'turmoil' remark AFP LONDON US Ambassador to Britain Woody Johnson on Wednesday rowed back on President Donald Trump's comment that Britain was in"turmoil"because of Brexit-linked political upheaval. Asked on BBC radio about .. Catalan leader hopes for 'support' from Scotland AFP Edinburgh AFTER years of holding Catalan separatists at arm's length despite obvious sympathy for their cause, Scotland's pro-independence First Minister Nicola Sturgeon meets Catalan president Quim .. 16,000 displaced by Colombia conflict, says UN BOGOTA At least 16,000 people have been displaced from their homes by armed conflict in the border region between Colombia and Venezuela, the United Nations said. Human rights abuses carried out during fighting between .. Greece acts against Russian diplomats in security breach AFP ATHENS GREECE has taken"the necessary measures to protect its national interest"after"interference"by Russian officials in the name dispute with the former Yugoslav republic of Macedonia, the government said .. SC orders Spain to take in more refugees MADRID Spain's Supreme Court has ordered Madrid to take in more refugees after ruling it had not honoured its EU commitment to accept least 16,000 asylum-seekers from Italy and Greece, it announced on Wednesday. ..