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Why is the BBC downplaying the Facebook Brexit scandal? • The Guardian
Jonathan Freedland:
<p>It’s now understood that Vote Leave may have broken electoral law, by violating campaign spending limits. It’s also known that Leave.EU misled MPs about its true connections with Russia: the group’s founder Arron Banks told a parliamentary inquiry he had had “two or three” meetings with the Russian ambassador to London – having long insisted his sole contact with the official was one “boozy lunch” – and on Sunday my Observer colleague, Carole Cadwalladr, revealed that Leave.EU in fact met Russian embassy officials as many as 11 times ahead of and just after the Brexit vote.

Now the BBC has not ignored any of this; indeed, it went first with a leak of the Electoral Commission’s draft findings about Vote Leave spending. But it has not given the story the kind of full-spectrum coverage that it does so well: leading every bulletin, dominating its discussion programmes and interviews, putting it top of the national agenda. It is careful to clock it, to ensure it’s covered, but it hasn’t given it the weight that only the BBC can generate.

This is not a rare occurrence. The phone hacking revelations of 2011 followed a similar pattern: the Guardian had plugged away for years, mainly ignored, until suddenly the story exploded. Windrush was similar: months of reports by the Guardian’s Amelia Gentleman, until a critical mass was reached and the BBC became fully engaged.

Why has that moment not yet come for this affair? Some will say that the story is too arcane, full of obscure stuff about algorithms and data that news editors fear will leave the average viewer and listener cold. That belief may indeed play a part, along with the lazy assumption in some newsrooms that this is a story to be filed under “tech” rather than “politics”, a niche concern rather than one central to our democratic life.</p>

Here's the <a href="">Guardian's story on the £0.5m fine for Facebook</a> - the largest that the UK Information Commissioner's Office could enforce on a pre-GDPR offence. Were it to happen now, it could levy a £1.2bn fine.
facebook  ico  fine 
6 days ago by charlesarthur
ICO report: Democracy disrupted? Personal information and political influence (PDF)
This report intends to ‘draw back the curtain’ on how personal information
is used in modern political campaigns.
politics  ICO  research  democracy  dataprotection  cambridgeanalytica  facebook  advertising 
7 days ago by corrickwales
Data Breach Reporting webinar | ICO | 12pm 19 July
On Thursday 19 July, we will be hosting a webinar on Data Breach Reporting. It’s aimed at Data Controllers and will give advice and guidance on how and when to report security breaches to the ICO

We will also share our experience of the first few weeks of breach reporting under the GDPR, and respond to some frequently asked questions.
databreach  GDPR  ICO  guidance 
8 days ago by corrickwales
Half of ICOs Die Within Four Months After Token Sales Finalized - Bloomberg
About 56 percent of crypto startups that raise money through token sales die within four months of their initial coin offerings.
cryptocurrencies  ico 
8 days ago by brianyang
RT : Crypto Coin Graveyard Fills Up Fast as ICOs Meet Their Demise

fintech  Coins  crypto  ICO  from twitter
13 days ago by edelagrave
El Crowdsale de Mandala Exchange tiene un bono del 10% 💡

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15 days ago by randyhilarski

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