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Day: March 20, 2018

How to delete or deactivate your Facebook account if you’re worried about privacy
Featured, Technology

How to delete or deactivate your Facebook account if you’re worried about privacy

    The shocking revelations about Trump data firm Cambridge Analytica’s alleged use of 50 million facebook profiles has highlighted the dark uses of data we all share with the company. The scandal has wiped $35 billion off Facebook’s market value overnight, as consumers worry about how their Facebook data is being used. Searches for ‘How to Delete Facebook’ have spiked on Google as the scandal unfolds centred on how data from a Facebook quiz may have been misused. If you’re worried, there’s several steps you can take to make your profile more private or you can go the whole hog and deactivate or delete your account. How to deactivate your account Deactivating an account (found under Settings), lets you deactivate your account temporarily but you can reactivate it ...
Why EU leaders may not be in the mood to hit back hard at Russia over spy attack
Europe, Featured

Why EU leaders may not be in the mood to hit back hard at Russia over spy attack

    If you're waiting for Russia to be firmly punished for its alleged nerve agent attack on a former spy in England, don't hold your breath. Following several years of what some have criticized as the U.K. government's overly-lax policy towards Russia, experts aren't betting on any sweeping measures that would send a ground-shaking message to the Kremlin over its recent behavior. This is, in part, because of the U.K.'s economic ties to Moscow, as well as divided interests within the European Union (EU), thanks to several countries' heavy reliance on Russian resources. If the Kremlin is testing how far it can push the U.K. and get away with it, it may end up pleasantly surprised. Russia has made clear that it does not see British sanctions as a major threat at this mo...
Featured, United Kingdom

How Brexit will hit your weekly shop

    Scrapping EU tariffs on foreign imports after Brexit would do little to cut the cost of a weekly shop in the UK, according to a report. In new research contradicting Brexiters claims that leaving the EU could lower the price of food on the shelves, the Institute for Fiscal Studies thinktank said consumers would see little benefit from the removal of trade tariffs, which are a form of tax applied on imported goods. Designed to protect domestic industry and agriculture although sometimes criticised for driving up the cost of consumer goods import tariffs on goods arriving in Britain are currently dictated by Brussels as part of the UK’s membership of the EU customs union. Leaving the EU gives the government an opportunity to set an independent trade policy and to cut...
Zuckerberg asked to appear before UK parliament over data breach scandal
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Zuckerberg asked to appear before UK parliament over data breach scandal

    British MPs have demanded Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg gives evidence in Parliament following revelations about the voter targeting firm Cambridge Analytica. The founder of the global social networking giant is being asked to appear in a session hosted by MPs on fake news. The Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee today made the announcement as it accused Facebook of missing a deadline to supply supplementary evidence to its inquiry. There is a strong public interest test regarding user protection. Accordingly we are sure you will understand the need for a representative from right at the top of the organisation to address concerns. Given your commitment at the start of the New Year to "fixing" Facebook, I hope that this representative will be you. Channel...
UK firms sent girls to swing elections
Featured, United Kingdom

UK firms sent girls to swing elections

    The company at the centre of the Facebook data breach boasted of using honey traps, fake news campaigns and operations with ex-spies to swing election campaigns around the world, a new investigation reveals. Executives from Cambridge Analytica spoke to undercover reporters from Channel 4 News about the dark arts used by the company to help clients, which included entrapping rival candidates in fake bribery stings and hiring prostitutes to seduce them. In one exchange, the company chief executive, Alexander Nix, is recorded telling reporters: It sounds a dreadful thing to say, but these are things that don’t necessarily need to be true as long as they’re believed. The Channel 4 News investigation, broadcast on Monday, comes two days after the Observer reported Cambr...